Motoring: How to spot if a used car has been clocked
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With a drop in production of new cars over the past few months, sales of second-hand cars have risen, with some experts predicting that this would only change in 2022. As more drivers look to invest in second-hand vehicles, James Fairclough, the CEO of AA Cars, has recommended that drivers do their research before committing to a sale.
He advises that drivers should buy from a reputable dealer rather than a private seller, to reduce the risk of the car having problems.
If buying from a reputable dealer, drivers have rights under the Consumer Right Act 2015.
This will cover the motorists for a repair replacement or some money back if a fault comes to light in the first six months after purchase.
However, this is only valid as long as the problem was present when the car was purchased.
AA CEO James Fairclough gives his expert advice on buying a used car. (Image: Getty)
Drivers are advised to always buy from a reputable dealer. (Image: Getty)
If buying from a private seller, potential buyers should ensure they are the registered owner of the vehicle by meeting at their address to inspect the car.
The location should also match the address found on the vehicle's V5C document.
Road users are warned to be cautious if the seller wants to meet on "neutral ground" such as a service area or lay-by somewhere, as the car may be stolen.
James advises drivers: "Do your research.
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"Conducting research online is always a good starting point, as you can find the makes and models you are interested in and compare the different prices from nearby dealerships.
"This will help you compare how the price of the model you are interested in varies depending on its mileage and age.
"A basic piece of advice is that if a deal looks too good to be true, it more than likely is.
"Having a sense from the outset of what the model you are interested in is being sold for will help you work out if a car is being offered at a surprisingly low price.
"This might signal a potential problem with the vehicle.
"Be prepared to walk away if something doesn't feel right. You can always get a second opinion and come back again.
"Also, don't feel pressured to buy.
"There will always be another car to look at.
AA CEO James Fairclough advises drivers to always do their homework before buying a car. (Image: Getty)
"If you are being pressured to buy today, that is potentially a warning sign."
When buying a second-hand car, drivers have to remember that the car may have passed through multiple owners before reaching the forecourt.
Because of this, it is important to get a full sense of the history of the vehicle before going through with a sale.
Drivers should make sure to check through all documents to ensure that it tells a consistent story and that the documents match the vehicle.
Fortunately, drivers can verify all the details of a car before buying by simply entering some basic information on the DVLA's online vehicle enquiry service.
Motorists can also see a car’s MOT status on the Gov.uk website using the vehicle's registration number.
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