How not to buy a wrong’un
Most everyone in the car selling business is no different from the rest of us: they just want to do honest work and go home afterwards to their loved ones.
But, whether you buy a vehicle direct from its owner or from a dealer, it pays to be on your guard.
Whatever you do, be kind to yourself. Car buying demands time and patience, so never go when you’re rushed or on a deadline. Save it for a bright, dry day and finish before darkness falls. Common sense, really, but all the better for saying it, just the same.
Take along a friend or relative to give a second opinion and act as a witness to what’s said during the sale negotiations.
Trust your instincts. Nice people sell nice cars: so if the vendor is grouchy and turns aggressive if you ask a searching question, walk away. Same’s true if they’re too pushy.