Green Fuels and What They Are

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Green Fuels And What They Are?

Green Fuels And What They Are?

 

Over the last few years there has been a move towards car fuels that are more environmentally friendly, as conventional fuel creates emissions that are bad for the environment, and health. Many of us already know that there is a real push towards cars being driven by electric motors, but what are the other alternatives?

Here at Source My Car we thought we would give you a short guide to what green fuels are available, and how they are more environmentally friendly.

Petrol – It is important to take a look at petrol and why we need to find other sources to fuel vehicles. Petrol is still used by the majority of motorists, but is one of the major causes of global warming. Petrol engines produce such chemicals as carbon-monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. As well as causing global warming they also contribute to acid rain, and it is also harmful to human health. As petrol is made from crude oil it is non renewable, which means crude oil will run out at some time in the future.

Diesel – Diesel driven vehicles produce less carbon dioxide, than petrol driven cars, but they do release more volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxides. Diesel cars are 30% more efficient than petrol driven ones, but diesel, just like petrol  is produced using crude oil.

LPG – Many of the cars that are powered by LPG in the UK are hybrid vehicles. LPG is much more environmentally friendly than petrol engines as they produce less carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides. LPG also has the added benefit of causing less wear and tear to a vehicle, and is more fuel efficient.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – CNG is more fuel efficient, and they emit fewer toxic chemicals than conventional cars. Most petrol and diesel powered engines can be converted to run on CNG.

Bio-Diesel – Bio-diesel is a renewable fuel source as it is produced using things such as sugar beet, rape seed, palm oil and sunflowers. Bio-diesel powered cars do not produce toxins, and it does not produce as much damaging exhaust emissions. Bio-diesel is usually cheaper to purchase than petrol or ordinary diesel, and you can even get free bio-diesel if you are prepared to collect the used oil produced by restaurants.

Bio-ethanol – Bio-ethanol is made from renewable energy sources, and although less common in the UK it is gaining popularity in countries such as Brazil. Bio-ethanol is created by the fermentation of certain crops such as sugar-cane in Brazil, and soya-beans in USA.

Electric – Some of  the newer cars being built are incorporating electric power sources and running them alongside petrol driven engines. As technology continues to grow so will the distances electric driven cars can go before having to recharge. As electric driven motors do not emit exhaust fumes it could be argued that electricity is the greenest fuel source that we could develop to power cars.

Whether you welcome green sources of fuel with open arms or not, the future for car drivers will mean using better alternatives than petrol or diesel. There will possibly come a time in the future when it will be harder to find a petrol station that actually sells petrol or diesel made from crude oil, than it is to find a local charge point for an electric car today.

We hope that our short introduction to green fuel sources will help you to become a little bit more knowledgeable about the different green fuel sources available to you.

 

Getting The Best Deal From a Car Dealer

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Getting the Best Deal From a Car Dealer

 

 

 

When buying a used car we all want to try to get the best deal possible, but for many people trying to haggle over a price with a salesman can seem a daunting task. It is only recently that here in the UK we have been encouraged to haggle over prices, even if in a high street store, and it does not come naturally to many of us.

 

There are however some very simple steps you can take to help you get the best dealer from sales people at any dealership.

 

Get your finance organised

If you do not have the cash needed to purchase the car you want, then you will need to take out some kind of finance package. If you arrange the finance through a salesman they will normally offer you a “flat rate” interest which could mean you end up paying a much higher APR. By shopping around for your finance deal you will more than likely end up paying a much lower APR than a salesman could offer you.

 

 

Trading You Car

If you are trading in you own car as part of the purchase deal always make sure that you check the value of your car. Most dealers will offer you about £1500 less than the value of your car. This may not seem like a good deal to you, but you have to take in to account that the dealer will need to cover certain costs before they can resell your used car, such as servicing, replacing brakes, and possibly tyres. By getting your car valued at different garages you will be better prepared to haggle the price being offered to you for your trade in car.

 

 

Get Ready to Walk

If you are not being offered a fair deal don’t be afraid to walk away. There is a good chance that if you let them know that you are prepared to walk away you will get a better deal. At the end of the day no dealer or salesperson wants you to go to their rivals and make a deal.

 

 

The Untruth

Don’t be afraid about telling a lie or two, tell them that you was offered a better car, and a better trade in by one of their competitors. Find out who their competitors are in your area and mention the competitors name who offered you the so called deal. They are not going to phone up their competitors to find out if you are telling the truth or not.

 

At the end of the day the salesperson is going to be trying to do the same as you are, getting the best deal for themselves. Being prepared before approaching any dealership means that you have a much better chance of getting a better deal, which means more money in your pocket.

 

If you don’t like the idea of haggling don’t be afraid to take a friend or family member with you who is willing to do the talking. Haggling is just another word for negotiation, and negotiating deals is how all businesses work.

 

5. Don’t be afraid to lie and say you were offered such and such car with such and such trade in from a competitor.

6. The best time to shop is after new reg comes in or even better, end of financial year.

Clocking a Car, and Signs to Look Out For.

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When buying a used car there are some very basic checks you should be doing when you view a car, but one of the most dodgy practices that some used care sellers will do, is clock the car.

 

Clocking is where a cars mileage indicator, or dial has been turned back so that it shows that the car has done fewer miles than it really has.

 

This practice can add hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds to the asking price of a car, as every 1,000 miles turned back, adds a significant amount to any asking price.

 

Even the digital odometer that are found on modern cars can be altered simply by using a laptop and certain software. Unfortunately this type of clocking also leaves no sign of interference.

 

So, as a buyer is there anything you can do to check if a car has been clocked?

 

There are some checks you can carry out to minimise the risk of buying a clocked car. On average a car will do about 10,000 miles per year, so quickly working out how old the car is will tell you if the mileage matches the age of the car.

 

Another thing to look for is chips and scratches on the front of the bonnet, bumper and grill, which can indicate that lots of motorway driving has been done.

 

You will also want to check the rubber on the pedals, or if the pedals are shiny.

 

Is the steering wheel worn, if it is this may indicate a high mileage car.

 

Check the seats and seat belt webbing for wear.

 

An older used car that has been fitted with almost new pedals, gear stick, or has been upholstered, may be hiding something from you.

 

One of the easiest checks to do though, is to check the vehicles documents. If you can view the service documents and MOT certificates you can check the mileage on them. What a lot of people do not know is that you can even contact the garage that did the servicing or MOT and ask them to confirm the mileage they have on their records for the car.

 

There is also nothing wrong in you contacting a previous owner listed on the logbook/V5C, that had the car before the person you are buying from, and asking the previous owner to verify what the mileage was on the car when they purchased and sold it.

 

If you have done these checks and you have doubts about the mileage being listed, don’t be pressurised into buying the car. Just tell the seller that you need to go away and think about it.

 

At the end of the day it is you who is parting with your cash so make sure you do all the relevant checks before handing over the money for a used car.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Save Money on Petrol

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As motorists we know that we all pay different amounts for our car insurance, dependent on our road use, type of vehicle, and out age, but there is one thing that is constant with any motorist. We all on average pay the same price when we put petrol or diesel in our cars.

 

Most of all motorists make sure that their vehicles are running how they should, and that they are serviced regularly, but how many of us check to see if our car is running as economically as possible in order to save on fuel consumption?

 

There are a few simple thing that you can do to make sure that you use less fuel in when driving, and as a result keep more money in your own pocket. Here at Source My Car we have put together some simple steps you can use to help you save some money on fuel.

 

  1. 1.      Check Your Tyres – Ensuring your tyres are properly pumped up is one of the easiest ways to save on fuel use. Whatever tyre pressure range your cars manufacturer advises, the higher pressure is the best one for fuel savings.
  2. 2.      Slow Down – The faster your speed the greater the fuel consumption. Driving at a moderate speed is not only more economical it also a lot safer.
  3. 3.      Warming The Car Up – The days have long gone where you had to let your engine warm up for 10 minutes before driving off. These days you only need to let the car idle for no more than 30 seconds. The engine will warm up faster on the move, but try to avoid sudden acceleration before your car’s engine has warmed up sufficiently.
  4. 4.      Use Higher Gears or Overdrive – An engine runs more efficiently between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. By moving through the gears as soon as possible, before the revolution reaches 2,500 rpm. If you drive an automatic you need to switch on your overdrive. This will allow the engine to change gears at a lower revolution, and it also switches the transmission into an economy-mode.
  5. 5.      Get Rid of The Junk – The more weight your car carries the more fuel you use. Just cleaning out your car could reduce the weight and save you money.
  6. 6.      Clean the Air Filter – Ensuring your air filter is cleaned will prevent any blockages to the air flow to the engine. The harder the engine has to work the more petrol it will burn.
  7. 7.      Plan Your Drive – Planning your route before setting off may help you to do fewer trips and avoid those morning traffic jams.
  8. Do You Have to Drive? – If you are going only a short distance do you really need to take the car? Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, and its free.

 

These are only a few of the tips that you can use to help you drive more economically and put more cash back in your pocket. Just a little though and some planning could make a big difference to how much you are paying each year for your fuel.

 

If you have any fuel saving tips that you would like to share with others why not post it in the comments section below.

 

Planning to Buy a New Car in 2014?

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Planning to Buy a New Car in 2014?

Planning to Buy a New Car in 2014?

 

 

The ultimate dream for any driver has to be being able to go into a showroom and buy a brand new car of their choice. Just the distinct smell of the interior of a new car can be intoxicating to many drivers. This is a dream scenario for many of us, but making that dream come true is not as hard as you may think.

 

There are many dealerships that can offer some really affordable finance deals for would be buyers. You do however have to do your homework, so we thought we would provide a guide to the finance deals that are available to you.

 

The first step is to decide on which is the best finance option for yourself, as you can choose from either a loan, lease, hire purchase, or dealer finance.

 

Personal Loan

One of the most popular ways to purchase a new car is by taking out a personal loan from a bank, building society, or other lender. If you plan on doing this, you need to find out which bank or lender can give you the best option that will suite your financial situation. There are a number of comparison web sites that can help you find the best deals.

 

APR is the easiest way to compare loans and to find out how much the loan will cost you in total. You need to check the APR carefully as it can vary depending on your credit rating. One thing to bear in mind is that the longer period you have the loan for , the more you will pay back to the lender. Keeping your loan period as short as possible is the ideal way to go, but never under any circumstance overstretch your financial commitment. Have a set figure that you can afford to pay each month and do not go above your limit.

 

The main problem with taking out a personal loan is that any of your assets could be seized if you default on your payments. Taking out a dealer finance scheme means only the car can be seized.

 

Hire Purchase

After a bank loan, hire purchase(HP) is the easiest way to finance a new car purchase. HP agreements usually require a 10% deposit, and fixed monthly payments. The car becomes the property of the HP company until you make the final payment on it. Even though you are driving the car legally you do not have any legal rights to sell the car, until the HP agreement is paid in full.

 

Similar to dealer finance the HP agreement is secured against the car, which means only the car can be seized if you do not keep making the payments.

 

When taking out a HP agreement make sure, as far as possible, that your monthly disposable income is not likely to decrease. Also you need to make sure that you are aware of any early settlement fees.

 

Personal Contract Purchase

Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) is very similar to HP, there is a deposit to pay, a fixed rate of interest, and set monthly repayments. The difference between PCP and HP is that once you have made the final payment you will have 3 choices

 

  1. Return the car to the supplier
  2. Keep the car
  3. Trade the car in against a replacement.

 

Personal Contract Hire (PCH)

This is also known as personal leasing, and basically you are hiring the car for a given period, usually 2 or 3 years. There is in most cases a mileage limit set for each year, and this is usually about 10,000.

 

There is no option for you to purchase the car at the end of the hire period, and you are responsible for the day to day upkeep of the vehicle.

 

The good side of opting for (PCH) is that the deposit, and the fixed monthly repayments are lower, and in most cases you can add a vehicle maintenance agreement into the (PCH)

 

 

Dealer Finance

One of the most important things you need to do if opting for dealer finance is, research. If you do not do your homework you can lose any benefits you get from haggling and trading in your old car, by getting a poor dealer finance agreement.

 

Some of things you will want to check are not only current, but upcoming, manufactures finance deals. These can include things like, interest-free, or lower APR rates, or even deposit contributions.

 

Don’t go for lower monthly repayments if you can afford to. What you need to concentrate on is how much in total you will pay, and then compare those against other finance options. Just walking into a dealership with the this basic knowledge can in some cases get you a much better deal. Everything is negotiable!

 

As with other options, only the car is at risk of being seized if repayments are not met.

 

Buying a Used Car?

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If you are thinking of buying a used car from a private seller there is a guide here on what steps you need to take to ensure you get a good deal, and not an old banger., but what steps should you take once you get the car home?

 

Most websites about buying a used car will have various tips and guides on what to look for when you view a used car, but most will not have any information on what to do once you have purchased a second hand car. Here at sourcemycar.co.uk we have put together our own list of jobs you need to do on your second hand car once you get it home.

 

The following tips are based on purchasing a car from a dealership, or a private buyer direct.

 

Valet the Inside:

The first thing I do whenever I purchase a second hand car is I give the inside a deep clean. I am not talking about just giving it a once over with a damp cloth and a vacuum. I first hoover the seats, the dashboard, and the carpets. I then use hot water that has diluted bleach in it, and I thoroughly wash

down every surface, dial, switch, knob, door handle, in fact anything that you would touch with your hand finger or any other body part, including the seats.

 

Most car seats can be removed from the car just by undoing a few bolts. This will allow you to give the seats a good scrub down, and even take them indoors to help dry them out quicker.

 

When carrying out this deep clean, lift up the carpets and take them out to clean them. You can also inspect the floor of the interior to check for rust or holes.

 

I am not an obsessive cleaner by any means, but I have carried out this deep clean process after watching an episode of Top Gear where the guys purchased a cheap car in America and then had the various parts of the inside of the car tested by a forensics team just see what they would find. Without going into too many details, lets just say that some people do not wash their hands after visiting the lavatory, or that intimacy does happen in cars as well as the home, enough said.

 

If you can access YouTube there is no reason why you should not be able to carry out the following checks yourself, even if you have little or no mechanical knowledge. Just type into the YouTube search bar what you want to learn and there will be hundreds, if not thousands of videos on there showing you how to so basic, and even advance car checks and repairs. In fact try typing in the make of your new car and the check you want to do.

 

Oil level:

Make sure that you check the oil levels, in fact I always drain the oil and then replace the oil completely.

 

Radiator:

Check the radiator and top it up if necessary. Depending on the time of year you may want to add anti freeze.

 

Battery:

Check the battery levels and the connections to the battery. Cleaning the battery contacts is also a good idea if they are corroded.

 

Lights:

Check your lights to make sure that they are all working, and don’t forget to check the indicators, and the brake lights as well.

 

Horn:

Check this now, as you don’t want to find it does not work when you need it.

 

Tyres:

You may have forgotten to check these when you were buying the car. As well as checking the treads of each tyre, including the spare. You need to check the sides of the tyres for wear and tear.

 

Brake Pads:

Now is a good time to take each wheel off in turn, and check the brake pads for wear. By doing this you will also make sure that the wheel nuts are not sealed on so tight that you cannot undo them. It is better to sort out tight wheel nuts at home rather than in some deserted lay-by in the poring rain.

 

Check Underneath:

You should have carried out this check before buying the car, but it is a good idea to get right underneath the car and give it a more thorough inspection when you get the car home. Look for engine fluids leaking, check the exhaust pipes for rust, or repairs. If you find any rust it is best to treat it now before it gets worse.

 

Hoses:

Check the hoses in the engine for signs of any leaks or splits, and replace any hoses that are damaged.

 

Check Your Brakes:

I know this check is usually dome whilst test driving the car, but it can easily be one of the test you forget to do. Check your brakes as soon as possible, you need to know how good they are, and it will also indicate if there is a possible problem with the brake pads.

 

Warning!

When using a jack on any car, never sit with your legs or any other body part under the car when changing wheels or working on the car. If you have work to do that involves the car being on a jack for a long period of time, and you do not have access to an inspection pit,  always use strong blocks or axle supports to help support the weight of the car.

 

Just carrying out these simple jobs on your newly purchased second hand car will not only make sure it is safer to drive, but also help you spot potential problems before they become costly repairs.

Competition For Halford Vouchers

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Source My Car are running a New year competition and have 4 x £25.00 Halford Vouchers up for Grabs.

 

To be in with a chance to win £25.00 worth of Halford Vouchers all you need to do is log the car you are looking for on our website Source My Car and we will add you into the draw.

The rules are.

1) 1 entry per person (you can log as many cars as you are looking for but this will be under the one email address)

2) the competition includes only cars logged between 27th January 2013 6 PM and 31st January 2014 12 PM midnight. Any cars logged before or after this time will not be eligible for the competition.

3) we will require your full name and address to send on the vouchers if you are a winner. If you do not respond to the winning email requesting these details within 1 week Source My Car will then choose another winner from the list and you will no longer be eligible to receive the Vouchers.

4) Multiple entries will be disqualified.

5) Competitions are open to UK residents only unless otherwise stated

6). Prizes can only be sent to a valid UK address unless otherwise stated.

7) Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.

8) Winners will be contacted via the email name submitted by logging a car.

9) The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.

10. Source My Car is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third-party without your prior consent.

11) No cash alternatives allowed.

 

 

Becoming a Prepared Driver

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In the last 18 months preping has become even more popular. For the uninitiated preping mean being prepared for the unexpected. I know most prepers who are stocking up on food, drinking water, and survival essentials are expecting a third world war, or a complete meltdown of the electrical system. There are however, many prepers who stock pile foods and essential items just in case they experience unusual bad weather, and as motorists we can learn from them.

 

In the last few years many parts of the UK have been hit by large falls of snow and heavy blizzards, and if you commute by car, or drive further than a mile away from your home, then you need to make sure you have a few essential items in the boot of your car.

 

The golden rule when heavy snowfall is forecast in your area is, “don’t drive unless you really need to”, but if the journey is essential. Then you need to be prepared for whatever the weather can throw at you. Here at sourceyourcar.com we have put together a list of essential items to carry in your car during winter.

 

Shovel:

You can get folding shovels that will take up a lot less space, but any kind of shovel will do. We are not suggesting you try to dig yourself out of a deep snow drift, but if you get stuck in the snow, you will want to keep the end of your exhaust pipe clear. Digging out snow with your bare hands can result in frostbite, even here in the UK.

 

Torch:

You can now get wind-up torches which do not rely on batteries, but if you opt for a traditional torch you will need to make sure you also have spare batteries for it.

 

Blanket or Sleeping bag:

Personally I would opt for a sleeping bag as they will insulate you better from the cold. Make sure that when you buy one, that you choose one designed for winter. As well as a sleeping bag, or a blanket, I always carry a foil blanket as these are designed to insulate you from the cold.

 

Warm Clothing:

Always carry a change of warn clothing. If you step outside your car and get your clothes wet you will lose body heat very quickly. If you are the type of person that jumps in the car just wearing a thin jacket or jumper, make sure that somewhere in the car you have a warm coat tucked away, you never know when it will be needed.

 

High Visibility Vest:

This will keep you safe and will make it easier for other drivers to see you. In a lot of European countries it is a legal requirement to wear one of these if you have a roadside emergency.

 

Snow Grips:

Snow grips for your shoes is going to make walking to safety mush easier and safer. These usually just slip over any shoe, but make sure that they fit the shoes you wear before putting them in your car.

 

Food and Water:

Even in icy conditions you can become dehydrated, don’t think you can rehydrate by eating snow. Eating snow will cause your core body temperature to drop, and increase the risk of  hypothermia. One or two large bottles of water will stop you from becoming dehydrated, but you will need to keep them inside the car. If you carry them in the boot they may freeze and then they are useless to you.

For food you will need high energy snacks such as cereal bars, chocolate, nuts and crisps.

If it is essential that you have to drive in snowy conditions as part of your job, a good idea is to ensure you have a thermos full of hot water when you set out, and add some packet soups or other meals that you can make just by adding hot water, to your essential foods.

 

Scraper:

It is now a legal requirement to clear snow from your car, so investing a couple of pound on a scraper is well worth it.

 

Plan:

In any survival scenario, having a plan is essential, and the same needs to be applied to driving in winter conditions. Before driving anywhere make sure that you have checked the tyres, oil, petrol and your cars coolant levels. Check weather forecasts and road reports before planning the route you need to take. Stay tuned in to local radio stations for the area you are driving in, as this will make sure you stay up-to date on road conditions, and the weather.

 

Most of the items needed to help keep you safe when driving in bad weather you will probably already have laying around the house, or shoved in cupboards. Why not dig them out this weekend and put them in your car. They will not take up much room, but it will make a huge difference to you if you ever get caught in bad conditions whilst driving.

 

So be safe this winter and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Source My Car

 

 

 

A New Player in The 2nd Hand Car Market?

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When your old, but  much-loved car finally takes its last splutter, and is consigned to the local scrap metal merchant, and you know there is no way you can afford the cheapest  brand new car, even if the do include free go faster stripes with it. We start to realise that we have to trek through that dangerous swamp infested jungle, that is full of all sorts of predators waiting to trip you up, and devour your hard-earned cash.   Yes, I am talking about the second hand car market!!!!

 

What you may not realise though is that today there are so many different levels to the second-hand car market. There are big national used car companies that will provide you with a car that has been completely serviced, and has passed stringent safety tests. Many of these companies will also offer you some sort of warranty on the car you purchase from them. However, the cars they sell are usually at the top end of the 2nd hand car market, so may still be out of the reach of many people who need a replacement car in a hurry.

 

Then there is the local car auctions, now here you can sometimes end up with a real bargain, but you also run the risk of picking up a real problem car. There is also the local bargains advertised on such places as Gum Tree, or you may even consider Ebay. The only problem with all 3 of these places to buy a car is that you are probably not going to know who you are buying it from. The other real possibility is that you will come across people who are trying to offload a problem car onto someone else.

 

Before you run for the hills crying and screaming, or throw your toys out the pram. There is one real alternative that you may not have even thought to consider. Even though you have probably got a direct link to it sat on your laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Still trying to work out what I am talking about?

 

The answer is Facebook! Yes, that site where you play Farmville or some other animated Cafe thingy game. If you take a careful look at the top of your Facebook page, there is a search option. All you need to do is type in something like “cars for sale in Manchester (or whatever the name of your local town or area is). I live in a very small town in Kent, but when I typed in those details for my town, there were 5 local Facebook groups where  you could buy and sell cars from.

 

So why Facebook? I am sure you are thinking that even on Facebook there is going to be someone trying to offload a car at the end of its life, and you are probably correct, but the truth is you will have less chance of being conned or ripped off. The reason for this is that because you are buying a car locally you are in a better position to view the car at the owners home address, and they will not want you to be banging on their door two days after you have bought it complaining that the drive shaft has just fallen off.

 

Also, with local selling groups on Facebook they are usually run by people trying to make their group better than anyone else’s, therefore anyone selling dodgy cars will soon get the boot from the group when members start to complain about them.

 

If you live in a small town there is a good chance that you, or a friend, or family member may know the person who is selling the car, and will be able to vouch if they would trust the seller themselves. If you live in a bigger town or a city then there is more chance that you will not know the seller, but there are few simple tips than you can follow that will help to stop you being ripped off when buying a car locally.

 

 

 

  • Always, and I mean always, when you go to view the car take someone with you that knows about cars. If you use a local mechanic, or know one, ask them how much they would charge you, to go with you when you view the motor. Paying a mechanic a small fee could save you hundreds of pounds.

 

  • Always ask to see the car at the owners home address, and check the cars paperwork against the address the car is at. If they want you to view it in a car park, or other location other than their home, decline, if they can not offer a suitable explanation why you cannot view it at their home address.

 

  • If your certain it is the car for you, and you have had someone check it out for you. If possible turn up with cash in your pocket, But never go alone when you are carrying a large amount of cash.

 

  • Only start to talk about the price when you have the cash with you, as you can usually haggle with the seller on the  price if they know you have the cash there and then.

 

  • Always ask to see the cars documentation, and don’t be afraid to ask to see past service sheets if they tell you they have it serviced regularly.

 

  • Don’t be put off if the car looks dirty inside or out. A bit of elbow grease is well worth it if you get a good bargain.

 

I am sure there are more tips that you all follow,  if and when you buy a second-hand car from someone. If there are, please share them with us by leaving a comment below.

 

 

 

7 Tips on how to buy a good used car

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7 Tips on how to buy a good used car

Buying a used car carries lots of risk so careful research is required and asking the right questions is critical to making the whole process a success. Most sellers of used cars are genuine individuals and traders looking for a quick sale and the reasons for selling are many and varied.

However, even a trusted used car dealer won’t know everything there is to know about their vehicle and there could be a problem with the engine, gearbox for example which they may not be aware of. So as a buyer, it is imperative that you carry out a detailed examination to ensure the car is in good shape.

 

Here are some tips to follow when buying a used car:

  1. Understand the risks of buying a used car – You should be familiar with the risks of buying a used car to avoid any disappointment. You should at all cost avoid being landed with a ringer from a fraudster.
  2. Where to buy – There are many sources online and offline to buy a used car including online auctions, buying privately and from a dealer. Buying a used car from Source My Car is an option for buyers looking for a free service that is trustworthy and reliable and brings together buyers and sellers
  3. Background check – Make sure you check the history of the car to find out if there are any alerts on it. You can buy multiple alerts for only £5 and this will avoid any problems in the future.
  4. Ask the right questions – Whether buying privately or from trade, it’s important to ask the right questions because you may have little comeback if there is a problem with the car later
  5. Test drive – Always take a test drive; you may discover something you didn’t whilst examining the car – but you must ensure you are insured first.
  6. Act promptly – You should act quickly if there are any problems because you have a short time to reject the car if it has any problems.
  7. Enjoy – When all is sorted and the car is in your hands, it is time to enjoy trouble-free motoring.

 

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Source My Car is a website that matches used car buyers and car dealers to save them time and help buyers find the car to suit their needs. It’s a completely free service for buyers and it provides traders with a convenient location to promote their vehicles.

Source My Car also helps solve the problems and issues listed in the tips above, and ensures that you get a good used car for your needs.

Check Source My Cars Guide to buying a used car.