There is much advice on the internet about how you should go about buying a second hand car. Much of it is well intentioned, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure you do not buy a car that is unsuitable for your use and is not a pup.

12/ Don’t take ‘one lady owner, well looked after’ at face value. Look for clues as to it use.


11/ Remember, too, that you might want to sell it after a while, so don’t ignore something that puts you off.

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It’s a lovely car, but it is yellow.

10/ You might like how it looks and goes, but whilst the car might have street cred, check running costs.


09/ If a police forensics team ask you to wait until they are finished, it is best to leave it.


8/ Most positives have a negative. Ease of access certainly does.


7/ If the sales staff ignore you take the hint; the car is not for you.


6/ If you can run faster than the car, assume the engine is knackered.


5/ If the sales staff try to distract you, it means there is something to hide. And admit it, you read this after looking at the picture, so take care.


4/ If there’s no price displayed and you have to ask, then don’t bother.


3/ Check that everything is there.


2/ If it won’t fit in your garage, would it be alright to leave it out on the street overnight?


1/ If the salesman is working his notice, treat everything he says with care.