Here’s what you must check before buying a car

Buying a car is always exciting as it can make such a difference to your life, but it is also important that you take your time and make sure that you are making the right decision – this is a huge purchase to make so you need to know what you should check before agreeing to make the purchase.


Before going and looking at a car, it is helpful to read a few reviews online for the model that you are considering. This should help to determine whether or not it is the right car for your particular needs and ensure that you are not buying a car which will disappoint down the line.

Interior & Exterior

It is essential that you give the interior and exterior of the automobile a thorough examination in daylight so that you can look out for any signs of wear or damage. This will require much more than simply kicking the tyres and there are lots of helpful guides online which will help you to know what to look out for. It is also important to keep the leather trims look as pristine as the first day the auto was purchased. Check out this guide on how to choose the best leather conditioners for your automobile. 

Test Drive

You also need to get behind the wheel of the car before agreeing to make the purchase. This will give you a chance to put the car through its paces and make sure that all of the features work, but it is also a chance for you to make sure that you feel comfortable driving the car and you enjoy being behind the wheel. 

Vehicle History

It is impossible to know a vehicles history just by looking at it and many automobiles have a hidden history which would make it a terrible purchase. This is why you need to get an HPI check carried out which can reveal all kinds of dark secrets, such as outstanding finance, reported as stolen, previously written off, number plate changes etc. 


When you purchase a car, it is vital that you make sure that it comes with the accompanying documentation which you will need as an owner (this also helps you to avoid scams). This will include the V5C (log book), MOT certificate and service history.

These are the main things that you need to check when purchasing a car. This is often the second biggest purchase that people make behind buying a home so you will want to make sure that it is the right purchase, that you are avoiding scams and investing in a high-quality, reliable automobile which will give you many happy years of motoring.

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