The used car market is a fantastic place to find a car for an affordable price because it is so large. Although this means that you should be able to find what you are looking for, it also means that it can be a dangerous place to look for a vehicle. There are fraudulent sellers, used car scams and unsafe vehicles that you will need to steer clear of. Here are three potential technical issues that you could face when shopping for a used car:
Unfortunately, many motorists rush into the purchase of a used car without checking it over fully. Sometimes, this will result in some kind of problem with the car arising shortly after the purchase. Under the Consumer Rights Act, you have 30 days to return the vehicle to the seller. If the problem does not arise till after 30 days but you believe that it is an issue that was there at the time of selling, you are entitled to ask for a repair or replacement free of charge. Crucially, you do not get this level of consumer protection if you use a private seller – it is for this reason that it is a good idea to buy from a reputable dealer.
Many motorists are unaware, but if you were to purchase a vehicle that has outstanding finance on it then the finance stays with the vehicle and not the borrower. This would result in you having to pay the monthly payments in addition to the amount that the seller has charged. If you fail to make the payments, the car will be repossessed and you will struggle to get your money back. You can avoid this by always getting a vehicle history check carried out by HPI. This will highlight if there is any outstanding finance, as well as other important factors. These checks are your best tool against used car scams.
Another technical issue that motorists often encounter relates to the mileage. The mileage that the odometer reads and what is listed in the MOT history or what a vehicle history check reveals might not match – this indicates that the car has been clocked. This is the most common used car scam where the seller will wind back the odometer to make the car seem less travelled to make it more appealing and so that they can charge a higher amount.
Being aware of these potential issues in the used car market and how you can protect yourself should help you to avoid dangerous cars and find what you are looking for.