i think something most people forget if your test driving in the day is, check all the lights work! i didnt check and ended up having a messed up front light.. and try both the spare keys :/ i missed that out till i got home to realise the guy gave me a random spare key..
i no its notin massive but look to see if it has a flare, no flare means it could have been crashed and used ,, most lads wouldnt bother usin it but it only takes a sec to look ,,
if it has mats lift them up and look underneath for ware marks , also make sure the seats slide fowards and backwards and the they slide into place with the rails ,, also that they recline ,,, i always test drive a car with no radio on just to listen out for any funny noise ,, but if your happy with car proformance wise ,, test the radio and speakers to make sure they work ,,,,, i no its notin massive but still adds up to get sorted cash & time wise
great written and i do check everything but most important for me is the wheels because i think most people dont give much importance to that but i do ... because even you need to pay much for wheels . I remember the first second hand car i bought i did many modifications to my car to make it look great ..
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Buying a car can be a nightmare. the first 2 cars i bought were complete dogs, cost me a fortune. If it wasnt for people like blinx9900 sharing there knowledge we would all be alot worse off. Great advise. Oh, paper work/history and owner presentation must also be spot on for me.
Few tips, as ive viewed alot of eks. Of there standard checl the rear lights are correct amber/clear for facelift and pre facelift models. Had a guy with 1 amber and 1 clear rear swear it had never been hit. Had overspray in the arch as well lol.
Also checl the headlight tabs. They crack and snap easy is a impact. Also check to see if he number plates have the same manufacturer on them. Its sometimes an indication of an accident, especially if the seller doesnt have a response.