Help! How do I inspect/test drive a used car?

(7 Posts)
FoodPorn Thu 07-Apr-16 14:11:28

DP is going away and has left me to collect the used car that we've agreed to buy on a "subject to inspection" basis. It is a long way away so we haven't seen it yet, only photos. I've never been in charge of test driving a car before. What should I do to make sure I don't buy a lemon?

FoodPorn Thu 07-Apr-16 14:19:54

I forgot to say, the car is being bought from a used car dealer - a specialist for the make of car but not a franchise.

Balletgirlmum Thu 07-Apr-16 14:27:15

Is it an Approved Used dealer? If so they usually have warranties.

FoodPorn Thu 07-Apr-16 14:48:23

No. The car comes with 6 months warranty by a company called AutoTrust but I've no idea if that will really provide much cover.

HelpfulChap Thu 07-Apr-16 14:51:42

On the AA/RAC website you can enter the car's reg and they will give you a quote for one of their inspections.

HelpfulChap Thu 07-Apr-16 14:53:13

Or call AutoTrust on 0344 573 8002 and ask them what is covered.

SimpleSimonThePieMan Thu 07-Apr-16 15:13:01

Find another local specialist and ask how much they'd charge to inspect it for you

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