Buying a car

There is so much choice available these days, that buying a car can be a daunting prospect. How do you know if you are getting a good deal and will you have any support if there are any problems?

The motor trade seems to attract its fair share of crooks, rogues and conmen. So to avoid getting ripped off, read all about the various sources for buying a car.

The main franchised dealers are generally at the more expensive end of the market, however, their customer support should give you peace of mind. Buying privately can land you a bargain, but you also take on a degree of risk.

Find out about the pros and cons of buying from the various sources:
(extracts from excellent Driving section of the Sunday Times website)

Franchised Dealer
Independent Used Car Dealer
Classified Adverts
The Internet
Supersite or Car Supermarket
Auctions
"Scratch" Dealers

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What to look for when buying a car

Arm yourself with enough information and confidence to check out a used car.

Checklist of what to look for:
(extracts from excellent Driving section of the Sunday Times website)

Documents and Data
First Impressions
Rust and Stonechips
Interior Trim
Starting Up
Engine Behaviour
Clutch and Gearchange
Suspension and Brakes
Crash Damage
General Tightness

read more at driving.timesonline.co.uk

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