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What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

Added: 28 May 2016

Buying a used car can be daunting for most people but Geoff Cox’s customer service team explains how it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are our top 10 tips to look for when buying a used car:

1. Firstly always make sure you see the car for yourself and have a good look around the outside for any damage that hasn’t been mentioned.

2. Go online to check the vehicle hasn’t been stolen or written off. There are a number if places you can go including for this service. Including or

3. Check underneath the car for any leaks

4. Ensure the seller has a valid V5C document with a watermark and a VIN number/number plate matching that of the vehicle.

5. Does the vehicle have a valid MOT certificate, if not why?

6. Check if the dealer has any additional fees on top of the vehicle price, such as “admin” fees etc.

7. Is the vehicle still under any type of warranty?

8. Are there any service records available for the vehicle?

9. Ensure you are getting a good deal by checking the vehicles value on a website such as

10. Finally, always test drive the vehicle for at least 5 miles if possible. Consider the steering, braking system, and any noises that seem unusual.

If you buy a used car from a reputable dealer then they will automatically carry out a number of checks on any used vehicle so you can purchase your new car with this peace of mind.

Here at Geoff Cox, we have a thorough point based check system on every used car.

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