Tuesday 24 January 2017

Top tips for banger hunters

Published 06/01/2011 | 05:00

When buying any used car privately, it's the devil you know, so the more paperwork (service history, receipts, NCT reports) the better.

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l If not sure about something, try a car history check website, such as Motorcheck.ie, Cartell.ie or SIMI's Car History Check.

  • Buy something with at least 12 months NCT.

l Never, ever buy without seeing it first. You'd be surprised how many people do. And don't look at a car in the dark .

  • Make sure the owner has a genuine reason for selling.
  • Make sure everything electrical works, including CD/radio, electric windows, wipers, heater, lights, etc.

l Never offer the asking price. Most sellers will expect you to haggle.

  • If you want the AA to check out the car, visit www.aaireland.ie

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