I've just been made redundant and my company car goes back in a few weeks time, having to buy a car for the first time and am a bit clueless, but have sussed out that I'll get a better deal if I buy privately rather than from a garage as I haven't got a car to trade in. Looking at cars around 3-4 years old, but what obvious things do I need to check before buying a car privately? TIA
Word of warning we bought a car not even really privately, the guy had a car spares & repairs business & bought and sold the odd 4x4. Turned out he was one of the front men for a big ring. We got the car data check from the AA but it was such a good ringer that the police thought they had actually tracked down the original when they came to take it away. Basically the thing wasn't worth the paper it was written on as the vehicle had a genuine registration plate & VIN so that's what they checked and it came back clean. It took 5 years wrangling to get some of our money back, we lost thousands so beware.
In this climate with no trade in I'd go to a garage and haggle.
If you buy from a private seller, say you are phoning about THE car. If they say "which one?" then you know you have a trader, who legally should have put T or the word 'trade' in the advert but is trying to get away with it as a private sale. The other question to ask is 'how long have you owned the car', if it's less than 6 months ask them directly if they are a trader or a private seller.
Hi Mosschops, our budget is £3000-4000, have been looking at Citroen Zsara Picasso and Ford Focus, but seems we can get more for our money with a Citroen, we also have 2 children in stage 2 car seats so the Citroen might be better room wise?