Upgrading to a family vehicle can be worthwhile, but it can also be costly. There’s no need to put off getting your dream vehicle, though. Buying second hand can be a fantastic way to get a great car at much less expense. There’s nothing wrong with buying second hand, but you will need to keep your head about you. The safety of your family is at risk, so you need to make sure that the car you’re buying is up to date with safety checks. Asking the right questions can save you from any unpleasant discoveries down the line. Not checking the safety of the vehicle could result in an accident, so it’s crucial that you buy sensibly. Knowing what you should be checking is half the battle.
Ask about the service history. The seller should be able to show you MOT certificates for the vehicle. Don’t buy a car that isn’t up to date with it’s MOT. Any seller should get a car checked before they attempt to sell. If they haven’t done that, alarm bells should start ringing. Having proof that a vehicle has passed a recent MOT will put your mind at ease and show that the car is road safe for the foreseeable. Don’t risk buying a car that’s going to fail any MOT you put it through.
PRIVATE HISTORY CHECK
Once you have all the details, it’s possible to pay a small fee to get a private check carried out. There are many reputable companies that offer this service. Carrying out your own check will provide you with an added peace of mind. It will reassure you that the seller hasn’t lied about the history. Seeing certificates is all well and good, but there’s nothing to stop a seller forging the relevant paperwork. You can never be too careful when it comes to safety, especially with a family vehicle. Check and double check!
CHECK THE TYRES
There are a few things you’ll be able to check just from looking at the car itself. Testing the tyres are good quality, for example is easy to do while you’re viewing the vehicle. Make sure the tyres are in good condition and that there is a spare tyre as well. There are tyre supplies who can replace the tyres without much hassle, so you may make the choice to get them replaced yourself. It can sometimes still work out cheaper to do this, but make sure your tyres are all in working order before you hit the road!
CHECK THE SEAT BELTS
The seat belts are another significant safety hazard you should check before purchasing. Make sure they look as they should, with no rips or tears in them. Make sure each seat belt does up adequately and securely. Checking the seat belts is your responsibility as the driver. Culpability would fall on your lap if anything were to happen. The seat belts are covered in the MOT, but it’s still worth double checking their condition!