If you have a strict budget in mind when you’re looking for your next car, or you want a car with a bit of history, you might find that a used car is the best option for you. Before you drive it home though, you will have to do a bit more research so you know for sure that you’re getting the best possible deal.
You know what you’re buying with a new car and there should be no surprises with a used vehicle, so we have recommended the below areas to check when purchasing a used vehicle.
Firstly, check the exterior for any damage. There may be light scuffs or scratches, but that is to be expected from a pre-owned car. If you see more serious marks or gaps between the panels, this could be from an accident, or less than stellar repair work, and therefore should be a cause of concern.
As well as the body of the car, make sure you give the tyres some proper attention. Damaged, worn-down or dodgy tyres could cause trouble later on, and be expensive to repair.
You can check the tread of a tyre really easily, by using a 20 pence coin. Just insert the coin into the tyre’s grooves, and if the outer band of the coin is covered, then the tyre is fine. If not, the car has a problem with not only its tyres, but suspension too.
You’ll also need to check the engine, if you're not sure what to look for, bring someone along who can help - a second pair of eyes will never hurt.
With the engine, make sure that you thoroughly check the oil, water and electrics. Make sure the engine sounds clear - you don’t want any whining or juddering. Have a friend check the exhaust pipe as you turn the engine on to check there is no black smoke or other substances coming out of it.
When buying a used car from a dealership you should get a higher level of service and rigorous safety checks on the vehicle which could save you money in the future. Before you go to a dealership, make sure that it’s part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation, or a similar body.
Head to your local Citroën dealership to select your next used car, so you can benefit from the Citroën Select Approved Used Vehicle scheme. At Citroën, we ensure that when you buy a used car from our dealerships, it will have a clean bill of health and solid history. You can also benefit from an extensive 112 point pre-delivery inspection, a 12 month Citroën warranty and breakdown service, history of ownership check, MOT test cover and much more.