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Buying a new car can be a very fun time, but it can also be very stressful. You will first have to decide what type of car that you are after, and that may sound easy enough but actually pin pointing the perfect car for you is rather difficult! Once you have decided on the car which you want, you then have actually find it. And now that’s the difficult part! Here are 5 tips for you to buy the perfect used car.


You should start by doing research into the car which you want to buy to give you a better idea of your budget. You should compare the car which you want on the year and the spec of the car, you should compare the car to many others so that you have a better idea of what you can get for your money. You should ensure that your budget is reasonable and you should not expect to get the perfect car with a small budget. If you are buying a used car, you will have to expect some minor problems with the car. If you do not want any problems then you are probably better off looking at buying a brand new car.

Check the History

If you are buying a used car, it is essential that you know the history of the car or you may find yourself with some problems in the future. You should first see what documents the current owner has for the car. If you find that the car has little paperwork with it, it may be likely that they are hiding something. You should be after a car which has plenty of past MOT’s and a good service history.

Once you have checked the history with the current owner you should then get the car HPI checked. This can be easily done by just knowing the registration plate, the HPI check will let you know if the car has any outstanding finance on it, if it has been stolen in the past or if it has been written off.

Test Drive

If you have found a car which you are interested in and have checked the history of the car and you are still happy, you should then ask for a test drive. The current owner should be happy enough for you to test the car or even take you out in it. A test drive will allow you to learn a lot more about the car. If you hear any unusual noises in the car, you should question them. If you are not happy with the response then you should probably reconsider buying that certain car.

Other Buying Options

If you cannot seem to find the right car for your budget, then you should maybe consider buying a car on finance. Many people assume that a car on finance is a bad thing, however there are different finance plans you can go on. You can choose to go on a long term 3 year plan; this is known as a personal contract purchase. On this plan you will buy a brand new car and have it for the next three years, and then you can either pay the remainder of the balance off for the car or choose another car and start a new balance. If you do not want to tie yourself down to such a long term contract then you can always turn to business car leasing or personal car leasing. You can lease a car over a certain amount of time and you will not be responsible for any extra costs such as MOT’s, tax, services and insurance.

Liam works on behalf of UK Car Contracts who specialise in offering great car contract deals. For more information go to