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The 5 most important rules to remember when buying a used car REVEALED – make sure you don’t get caught

A used car expert has revealed the five most important rules to consider when buying a used engine.

Amid the cost-of-living crisis, people across the country are facing tough questions about their finances – many will be pondering how to cut their car bills.

Millions of Brits will consider a used car to save money - but there are important things to watch out for

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Millions of Brits will consider a used car to save money – but there are important things to watch out forPhoto credit: Getty
Speaking to The Sun Online, The Car Expert said buying a used car could be the answer to your worries

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Speaking to The Sun Online, The Car Expert said buying a used car could be the answer to your worriesPhoto credit: Getty

Speaking to The Sun Online, ‘The Car Expert’ – aka Stuart Masson – said buying a used car could be the answer to your worries.

And it doesn’t have to be the minefield many think it is.

The car expert shared his top 5 tips on how to go about buying a used car and how not to get caught.

1. TRUST YOUR JUDGMENT

“A lot of people worry about inspecting a car because they’re like, ‘I don’t know what I’m looking at, I don’t know what I’m looking for,'” Stuart said.

But buyers needn’t worry – if you trust your judgment, even motorists who don’t have the faintest idea about cars can spot big problems.

2. WEAR

He said, “When you look at a car, you see pretty obvious signs of wear.”

By recognizing these, you can prevent small problems from becoming big headaches – and even hurting the value of the vehicle you have bought.

3. TREAT THEM RIGHT

The other thing you should do is see how the seller is treating you.

“Ask for the driver’s log, ask for the maintenance records – ask questions,” he adds.

But most importantly – rate the answers you get.

He explained: “If you’re not comfortable with that – go and go somewhere else – there are plenty of other cars.

“If you don’t like it, don’t give someone thousands of pounds for something you’re not comfortable with.”

In the end, it’s your money, he says, adding: “Whoever has to have gold makes the rules.”

4. YOUR RIGHTS OF WAY

Whenever you make a large financial transaction – you want to know that you and your money are protected – and if something goes wrong don’t get caught in financial turmoil.

So when you’re buying a car it’s important to know your rights as they differ depending on where and how you buy your engine.

Stuart explains: “If you buy from a dealer – if it’s a dealership then you have more rights than if you buy the car privately.”

“If the car is defective, you have the right to return it within the first 30 days and get a full refund,” he added.

While you can get a partial refund within the first six months – provided wear and tear is accounted for.

But he warns that after six months “it becomes difficult” to get any form of refund from a retailer.

5. PRIVATE BUSINESS

But when you buy a car privately, Stuart points out, you have almost no rights.

Unless you want to take someone to court and somehow prove that they knowingly sold you a faulty car.

For this reason, Stuart recommends that when buying a used car, “personally, you would always buy from a dealer because you have that protection”.

He also stressed that there is actually no downside to buying a used car online through a dealer.

The expert explained: “You have guaranteed protection and in many cases better protection when you buy online than from a retailer.

If you’re not comfortable with that – go and go somewhere else – there are plenty of other cars

Stuart Masson, the car expert

“Typically – when you go into a dealership and buy a car – you look at the car, you sign a contract – you don’t have a right of withdrawal – once you’ve signed the contract, you’ve bought the car.”

But if you’re buying a car online – from vendors like Cinch or Cazoo – or from a dealer website, or over the phone – you have a 14-day cooling-off period.

During this period you can return the car for ANY reason.

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He says it’s the same principle as returning stuff to Amazon.

“Most people don’t know this – but it’s literally nothing more than returning clothes online,” Stuart said.

USED ​​CARS, FIRST-HAND ADVICE

The car expert’s top tips for buying a used car:

Trust your judgment: when you look at a car, you see pretty obvious signs of wear and tear.

How does the seller treat you: ask for the logbook, ask for the maintenance records – ask questions.

Judge the answers you get: if you don’t feel comfortable doing this – walk away and go somewhere else – there are plenty of other cars nearby.

Stuart says: “At the end of the day it’s your money – who has to make gold makes the rules.

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8559421/car-expert-top-tips-on-buying-second-hand-car/ The 5 most important rules to remember when buying a used car REVEALED – make sure you don’t get caught

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