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Buying second hand cars can be a bit of a minefield. There’s so much to think about, l especially when all of your family will be using the car too. From checking around the outside of the vehicle to make sure the paintwork is in good condition, to being confident in the car’s mechanical reliability. Buying a new car isn’t something you should jump into, without doing a few checks first.

Getting a car with good MOT history –

MOT stands for Ministry of Transport Test. These tests are to be taken out once a year on cars that are over three years old, to make sure that they safe and roadworthy. To complete the test, mechanics have a checklist of areas to examine on every vehicle. This includes emissions, tyre tread, lights and wiper function to name but a few. If you fail to get your car an MOT then you risk having your car taken away, you also put yourself at risk of a hefty fine.

Looking back on MOT history is a must when you’re looking to buy a new car. You don’t want any nasty surprises cropping up when you’ve handed over your cash. So do a little research and make sure the car you’re interested in has a good history of MOTs.

The importance of car with service history –

A car with good service history is something that all car buyers should be looking for. The last thing you want to buy is a car that has a history of problems. There are plenty of vehicles on the market that have full service history and these are the ones you should be looking to buy. A full service involves numerous checks to make sure that the car in question is in tip-top, road worthy condition.

What checks are carried out?

A full service included a wide range of checks on your car, including some part changes that wear over the year:

  • Oil change and filter change.
  • New fuel filters on diesel engines.
  • New spark plugs on petrol engines.
  • Tyre checks.
  • Damage checks on brake cylinders, pipes and hoses.
  • Handbrake checks.
  • Removal of wheels and checks on the brakes.
  • Checks for leaks, wear and damage within the engine.
  • Testing and replacement of brake fluid.

This list is not exhaustive of a full service, but it gives a good idea as to what should be checked on a yearly basis. The mechanic carrying out the servicing should also take your car on a test drive to make sure things are sounding and running smoothly. Knowing that all of this has been done on regularly, should give you some reassurance when buying a second-hand car.

Finding the best garage to buy your car –

Browse KAP Motor’s wide collection of second hand cars at its Brighton Centre. They have everything from Renault to Fiat to Ford. A reliable garage will likely make sure all of the above is done for you, so all you have to do is enjoy choosing and driving away your new wheels!