Saturday 18 November 2017

Top tips for banger hunters

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

l If not sure about something, try a car history check website, such as, 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

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