10 quick checks when buying a used car

If you are thinking about purchasing a used car here are 10 quick checks you can do  writes Geraldine Herbert

Tyres – Make sure there is plenty of tread left, and that the wear is even across them; and don’t forget the spare.

Wheels – Check the wheels carefully for any marks or scuffs caused by kerbing.

Windscreen – Ensure there are no cracks that could lead to an NCT failure.

Lights – Ensure that all the lights are working and that none of the bulbs need replacing.

Indicators – Test the indicator lights and make sure that they all work.

Windows  and Doors – Make sure that any electrically operated windows work and work smoothly and that all doors open and close securely.

Paint & Panel gaps – check the car is a consistent colour all over.

Suspension – When the car is pressed down it should return smoothly to its normal height.

Wheelarches – Check the wheel arches for damage and also for rust.

Wear & Tear – Make sure the condition of the car tallies with the mileage, look for wear on the carpet, seat covers, pedal rubbers, gear knob or steering.


If you are still interested in the car then check out the following links before you make a purchase

The eight most important questions to ask when buying a used car

Tips to avoid problems when buying a used car

How to test drive a car

How to get a good deal on a nearly new car


Geraldine Herbert

23rd March, 2016

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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