<![CDATA[Car Buying Advice - Blog]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 06:41:34 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[The Advantages of a Car Status Check]]>Fri, 02 May 2014 02:51:40 GMThttp://carbuyingadvice.weebly.com/blog/the-advantages-of-a-car-status-check
Depending on what type of used car you want to buy, or who you want to buy it from, you might find a car status check very useful. There's a lot that the seller may be keeping from you, to keep the price up, or to reduce the chances of scaring you off.

With a free hpi car status check you can find out plenty about the car's past and determine if it's worth or not to buy that car.

So, here are a few advantages of a car status check.

- First of all, you can find out if the car has been scrapped or rebuilt, or at least some of its important parts replaced. Knowing this about the car you want to purchase, you gain a card to play in the game of negotiating the price.

- You can find out who the previous owners were. If you purchase the car from a used cars retailer, you can just call the previous owner and ask them one or two questions about the car, before negotiating the price. 

- Mileage history is something that a car status check service provider can find out for you. Of course, the mileage on the odometer has to coincide to the one in the papers, but those numbers can always be forged. 

- A car status check will also let you know whether the car has been repainted or it's still with its original paintwork. This information may be useful especially if you purchase the car from a private owner. So, if the car has been repainted, you should ask them why. 

- Plate change history is also something that you can find out through a car history check. Therefore, you would be able to ask additional questions to the dealer or to the owner, about the reasons behind the plates replacement.

- You can learn if the car has been written-off, or all the data regarding its finance check.

- A car check is usually cheap, in UK shouldn't rise above £20 and in US above $30.

- Last but not least, you can find out if a certain car was reported stolen or has been subject to a police investigation. I'm sure this will change things 

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<![CDATA[Buying a Used Car - 7 Steps to Take]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:32:27 GMThttp://carbuyingadvice.weebly.com/blog/buying-a-used-car-7-steps-to-take
Buying a car is not exactly like buying a pair of socks. There's a multitude of aspects to take into account if you want to get a good car, especially if you're going for a used one. Therefore, here's a short, 7-step plan for it, that you will surely find useful. 

Step 1. Establish your budget

Especially if you're taking a loan to purchase a car, it's very important to determine a budget and stick to it, to avoid burning a whole into your bank account that will stick for a long while. Also if you're taking a loan, research all the possibilities for financing. Don't overlook taxes and other expenses related to the purchase of a car, like title, registration, insurance etc. 

Step 2. Determine what car would fit you best

Depending on where you live, whether you have a family or not, depending on your budget, and other factors, you must make the selection of a car that fits best. Of course, this may not be easy, but there are so many options out there, you'll surely find at least a couple to fit to your needs. Be sure to choose a car that you like as well, because if you just don't feel comfortable with it, you'll probably sell it soon, and you'll have to go through this whole process again.

Step 3. Find the car's current value

Once you've set your mind on a certain car, conduct a bit of research and find its current value, beginning with the retailer price for a new one. Then check the prices for used models of that car. As soon as you have a pretty clear picture what would be the price for a used car if the model that you seek, it's time to find a deal.

Step 4. Find a dealer

It's best to begin with the dealers in your area. Make a list with all of them and give them a call. Mark the dealers on your list that have the type of car you're looking for in their lot. In case you want to buy a car from a private owner, it's very important to ask them why they are selling their car, ask them about its condition, how it was used, ask for maintenance records etc. 

Step 5. Get an HPI car status check

Especially if you purchase the car from a private owner, it's best to get a car status check. This way you just might find out whether the car has been in an accident, or maybe was under a police investigation, whether the car has been re-painted, or the number plates have been changed and many other aspects that the seller may be keeping away from you. This stands for buying a car from a dealer as well, if it's a used car. And a car status check is not exactly expensive, ranging from $6 to $30.

Step 6. Test drive

Once you've set your eyes on a car, it's time for an in-depth inspection and a test drive. For the inspection, check the VIN number, mileage, paint condition, the functionality of the systems, safety systems, wheels and tyres, what's under the bonnet and whatever else you can think off. For the test drive, check how breaks and safety systems (ESP, ABS) work, manoeuvrability, steering, engine sounds etc. 

Step 7. Negotiate price

Last but not least, try to get the lowest price possible. Make sure you remain within your budget. In case you're buying from a private owner, there's a chance you'll get closer to the lowest price possible, plus you will know the previous owner and have their number in case there are any questions to ask later.