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6 Questions To Ask When Buying A Used Car

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For the majority of people, buying a car is the second most expensive purchase they will ever make, so it’s no surprise it can seem a little daunting for some. However, by looking over these 6 questions to ask when buying a used car, making a decision can be stress-free.

1. Has The Car Been Through A Thorough Safety Check

First and foremost, one of the key questions to ask when buying a used car focuses on safety. Any reputable car dealership will conduct thorough safety checks with all their used vehicles before offering them for sale. Knowing that your vehicle has passed these checks and is road safe will give you peace of mind and confidence in your choice.

2. Has The Car Had an HPI Check

Formally known as Hire Purchase Information, an HPI check is one of the most important used car buying tips. An HPI should be carried out by the dealership and can tell potential buyers a lot about the history of a vehicle. It will show whether the car has ever been written off, stolen or showing a mileage discrepancy. It will also alert you if there is any outstanding finance from a previous agreement. If you prefer, you can do an HPI check at home via the official HPI website.

3. How Long Is The Car’s Warranty

One of the questions to ask when buying a used car is regarding the vehicle’s warranty. Although not a legal requirement, the majority of dealerships will offer some form of warranty on their used vehicles. This may be included in the price of the car or as an additional charge for mechanical breakdown insurance from a reputable company. Before buying the car, make sure you are clued up on what will and won’t be covered. 

4. Does The Car Have Any Service History

Next on what to ask when buying a used car, the focus is on service history. All cars need to be regularly maintained to keep them in good working order. Finding out about a car’s service history will give you a strong indication of how well looked after it has been. All cars will have either have a service book or online service history which the retailer should be able to show you.

5. What Payment Options Are Available

One of the key questions to ask when buying a used car refers to the ways of payment available to you. There are two ways to pay for a car, a one-off payment or by spreading the cost over several years. The idea of handing over thousands of pounds in a one-off transaction is unrealistic for many people, so a high percentage of buyers now choose finance, which allows you to spread the cost of the car over a longer period. Take a look at the car finance options available to you at Cargiant.

6. Can I Test Drive The Car

This is one of our used car buying tips, but it applies to any vehicle you are looking to purchase. You need to make sure you are comfortable with your choice of car, so although it is not essential, we strongly recommend you take a test drive. 


Now that you know what to ask when buying a used car, why not let Cargiant help you find your perfect car? With up to 8,000 cars in stock, you are certain to find the right car for you. Search our current stock and book yourself a test drive today!