Test drive it
Always test drive the car – afterall, that’s what it’s meant for so you need to make sure it runs smoothly. First up – listen out for anything that sounds angry when you start the engine, funny engine noises shriek potentially expensive repairs.
If the car is manual, see how the clutch and the gears feel to you, they shouldn’t be stiff or stick. If you’re in an automatic, how does the gear shifting sound as you drive?
Most importantly – check the brakes work properly. They shouldn’t make any noise when you stop and braking should be easy and effortless. Also check that the handbrake works (but perhaps avoid doing hand brake turns).
Used cars aren’t always going to be perfect, what’s important is that you know what you’re getting for your money and that there won’t be any horrible surprises.
Thankfully, insuring your used car isn’t as complicated as buying one because we’re here to help you. All you need to do is tell us about your car and a little about you and we’ll do the rest, so put your feet up and let us comparethemarket to find the right type of cover for you.