Richard Evans, Head of Technical Services at webuyanycar.com, has 31 years' experience as a mechanic. He is currently responsible for training webuyanycar.com employees across the UK on all aspects of car maintenance and appraisal.
Stand 2m away from the car and check the panels match. If they don't, work has been carried out- ask what and why?
Make sure no lights are illuminated when you run the engine. Especially engine management, anti-lock brake and airbag lights as they point to problems that are very expensive to fix.
Make sure that a disc is there. If not, it's useless and a replacement is costly.
Beware of anything that has less than 3mm as they will need to be changed.
Check bolts to see if they have been turned. If the paint chips off, the car has had work done- again, ask why.
Enhancements are often done by DIY enthusiasts- meaning dangerous wiring, expensive insurance and a car thrashed to within an inch of its life. Check for alloy wheels, low suspension and souped up exhausts.
Turn on and test it to avoid an uncomfortable or costly summer!
Check the paperwork is correct by calling the garage last to see it.
Check the stats add up by visiting www.gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle.
Lift up any mats in the car, look out for any rips, tears and burns or even holes from high heels.
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