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How to Protect Yourself When Buying a Used Car

By Motor Match • 20/06/2023

In this blog post, we'll discuss some tips on how to protect yourself when buying a used car.

Every car has a story, and sometimes those stories are not good ones. Before you make any purchasing decisions, it's important to take necessary precautions to protect yourself. In this blog post, we'll discuss some tips on how to protect yourself when buying a used car.

Research the Car's History

Before buying a used car, it's important to research the car's history, a lot of listings will include the service history in the advert, but if not it’s definitely worth checking with the seller. A car history report will include checking for any accidents or collisions, previous owners, and service records.

Having this information will help you make an informed decision and avoid any surprises down the line.

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Get the Car Inspected

Always take the car for a test drive and have it inspected by a trusted mechanic.

All vehicles sold from Motor Match have undergone a multipoint inspection before going on sale, but if you’re buying from elsewhere a mechanic will be able to give you an honest evaluation of the condition of the car, identify any issues, and help you determine if the price is fair.

Doing this will save you money and headaches in the long run.

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Check for Recalls

Check the car for any outstanding recalls, at Motor Match we’ll always check for this before putting a vehicle on sale, but it’s unlikely a private seller will. If there are any recalls, make sure they have been addressed before considering buying the car.

Look for Signs of Wear and Tear

When inspecting the car, be on the lookout for signs of wear and tear. Check for rust, dents, scratches, fluid leaks, and worn tires. These are all signs that the car may have been poorly maintained and may require costly repairs in the near future.

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Know Your Rights

Finally, know your rights as a consumer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a "Used Car Rule" that outlines requirements for sellers to disclose specific information, such as whether the car is being sold "as-is" and any major mechanical issues. Make sure you understand your rights before making any purchase decisions.

Buying a used car can be an intimidating process, but taking necessary precautions can help protect you from making a costly mistake. Researching the car's history, getting it inspected, checking for recalls, looking for signs of wear and tear, and knowing your rights as a consumer are all important steps to take before making any purchasing decisions. By following these tips, you'll be able to make an informed decision and purchase a car that meets all of your needs without any surprises down the line.

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