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Buying a car can be a very confusing time, whether it’s a new or used vehicle. The last thing anybody wants is to purchase a car which then spends most of its time in the garage. There are a few things to look for to prevent this happening:
Undertaking safety checks should pinpoint any immediate signs the car is dangerous, as well as potential future problems. The following are good things to check for:
• The seatbelts are working, and for any signs of cuts and fraying
• The warning lights work as they should
• The spare wheel is in good condition, and/or the tyre inflator/sealant kit
• The tyres. Less than 3mm of tread and they will soon need replacing
• Lights and wipers are all functioning properly
Check the car’s documents
You should always ask for a full MOT history of the car, and if the car has been involved in any accidents. You also will need a V5C document, otherwise you won’t be able to tax your car, so also check this document for the following:
• The number plate matches the car
• The VIN (vehicle identification number) engine number and colour match the car
• The watermark
• Any spelling errors
Check the engine
There a several things to check for here:
• Any unusual noises when you start the engine
• Exhaust emissions – a lot of white or blue smoke would indicate a problem
• The cambelt has been replaced at the appropriate time, according to the service schedule
• The oil warning light goes out when the engine is on
When taking the car for a test drive, there are a few things you should look out for:
• Does the car to pull one side when braking, a take a long time to brake, or any unusual noise?
• Are all warning lights working?
• Any pull to one side when steering?
• Is the handbrake working properly?
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