Friday 21 July 2017
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Warning signs to look out for when buying a used car

Choosing to purchase a used car as opposed to a brand new one comes with many benefits, but it also comes with many risks that aren’t likely to be present when buying a new car. Buying used cars in South Glamorgan at Howe Motors is a reliable way to do so, for example, but not every seller is going to be as trustworthy.

To help you avoid driving away in a vehicle which may not even last you a few months, here are some of the most recurring warning signs we’ve noticed during our time as a used car dealership.

Feeling the pressure? If a seller is pressuring you to purchase their vehicle in any way, it’s likely that they want rid of it so badly for a reason. It may have a less than pleasant history, or it may be hiding a major fault that could leave you car-less in a few weeks down the line. The key is to never give into such pressure, and to take your time shopping until you find a vehicle you’re 100% happy with.

Not getting any answers?  One of the easiest ways to guarantee purchasing a car that you’re happy with is to ask as many questions as you possibly can. Ask about the history (and to see evidence of it), ask for a test drive, ask about maintenance needs – anything at all you feel as though will give you peace of mind before buying. If the seller dodges or straight up refuses to answer questions, or denies you a test drive or inspection, look elsewhere; it’s indication enough that something is amiss.


Hopefully, you should never run into any sticky situations when purchasing a used car, but if you do, just keep the aforementioned advice in mind, and you’ll make a small step towards purchasing the used car of your dreams.