Not sure what to look for when buying a used car?

Most car buyers approach car buying in reverse


“The truth is that most people approach buying a used car from the wrong angle and forget simple logic.

It’s not a new car

So if you’re not buying a new car we can agree; there should be some wear and tear on any used car you examine.

With this in mind ask yourself if you judge a good car from a bad one by lack of stonechips, scratches, dings and dents. Most people would agreeBlindfolded_Mina_by_nenov that they look at the exterior of a used car and if it’s in good condition they are far nearer to buying it than not!


Counter Intuitive

Having bought and sold used cars for over two decades in the automotive industry I can tell you with absolute certainty…If a car has done over 40,000 miles it should have some wear and tear on the bonnet, front bumper, mirrors or wings.

If such a car is in first class condition, unmarked and like new, there’s a likely chance the vehicle’s been resprayed on its front end.


And the bad news

If the car’s been repainted on the front that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy it.

But 7 times out of 10 the car will have endured replacement panels. Perhaps a new bonnet or wings, bumper or front panel, and this means accidents.

I will just run a vehicle history check to make sure?

Here’s the kicker that you didn’t know about.

A vehicle history check or HPI check can only tell you information about a car that’s actually been recorded. It cannot tell you about a series of minor or major accidents the car may have suffered that simply haven’t been recorded.


Buying a used car that’s going to be genuine and reliable is not so hard provided you have a rough idea what to look out for.

The used car trade does get a lot of bad press but it’s just as easy to buy a lemon when you go privately. But the risk is bigger as you don’t have much in the way of ‘come back’ should something be amiss.


Free help

I was raised in the used car motor trade and have been buying and selling used cars my whole life. I thought I’d put together a complete car buying guide to help the average buyer make an informed choice. I will show you what to look for when buying a used car.

The Used Car Guy
Marcus Rockey

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