Buying a used car online may sound like a dangerous and daunting task, one that could leave you with a poor deal on completion, but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a lot of reliable online retailers that give you enough guarantees that the purchase you are making is the right one. We will look at some tips for buying a used car online.
Use a reputable retailer
It is sometimes easy to think you are getting a good deal by selecting a purchase on cost basis. This isn’t always the case and could lead you into an arrangement with a less than reputable dealer. There are some big name retailers you can go to in order to ensure you have some kind of ‘comeback’ if things go sour. Stick to someone like which.co.uk, autotrader.co.uk or even ebay.co.uk where customer/buyer protection is managed by the selling site.
Ask for as much information as possible
Buying online usually put some distance between you and the product you are purchasing. This is a very important risk to consider when purchasing something like a car. Whatever your concerns may be, ask the question of the seller to give you some reassurance that there are no issues to be concerned about. Where possible, ask for evidence to prove the answer, for example you may want more pictures or copies of any documentation such as MOT or Service log.
Always review your the seller
When making any purchase online, if you have access to seller or company reviews, where other customers have been through the same process as you, use them! These can be invaluable in finding a reputable dealer. With this in mind, if you have a successful transaction (or an unsuccessful one for that matter), make sure you do other customers the same courtesy and write your own review.
In summary, you need to be as sure as you can be before you give a substantial amount of money for a car to a dealer. If you are in doubt, ask, if you are still not sure, then this may not be the car for you.