We have some advice for anyone looking to buy a car in private car sales

With the British economy still struggling, and plenty of uncertainty surrounding our financial future, more and more people are beginning to turn to private car sales in order to save money on their next vehicular purchase. This is a great way to save money and get yourself on the road quickly, however there are a number of things that you need to know before committing to buy a used car privately.

Today we're going to take a look at some of the most important things that you need to keep an eye on when it comes to private car sales.

Unlike when you buy from a used car dealership, you are not going to get any kind of warranty or service agreement when you buy cars through private car sales. Instead, you are committing to purchase the vehicle "as is" so it is absolutely essential that you find out everything you can about it before you hand over your money.

The most important thing that you need to do at all times when buying a used car privately is ensure that you have a qualified mechanic or engineer with you to give everything a thorough going over. While the vast majority of people selling cars are going to be truthful with you on all fronts, there is a small minority of bad eggs who may hold crucial information back from you.

Having a mechanic with you ensures that you can be safe in the knowledge that the car is mechanically sound. The engine, chassis, exhaust, clutch, brakes and accelerator should all be thoroughly checked to ensure that they work as they should. If there are any problems, but your mechanic deems them fixable, then you can use this information to bargain the seller down for a better price.

You can also choose to perform an AA Car Data Check at aacardatacheck.com. This will enable you to find out the full history of the car, from mechanical problems to previously registered owners, giving you the peace of mind that everything is above board. The cost of a check on a single car is just £19.99, or for five vehicles it costs just £24.99, so it's well worth it in the long run.

There are only three things that the seller is legally obliged to ensure during a private sale. Firstly, they must have a legal right to sell the car, secondly the car should match its description and thirdly, the vehicle should not be misrepresented in any way. Everything else is up to you!

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