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Tips for Buying a car Through a Private Sale

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Buying a used car in a private sale can save you a lot of money on a used car, if you are happy to take a gamble. This option avoids going through a car dealer or car supermarket. A private sale is usually one in which a used car is being sold directly by its owner. When you see adverts in local newspapers, shop notice boards and in the back window of cars, these are usually advertising a private sale for a car that they wish to part with. The other alternative is to buy a used motor in a used car auction, which are often put on by auction companies. Some buyers are understandably reluctant to buy a used motor from someone that they do not know. This article offers advice on buying a car through a private sale.

Buying a Used Motor from a Private Sale

As the interaction usually takes place solely between you and the seller, there has to be a good degree of trust in place before you commit yourself. To put it bluntly, you need to be completely sure that you have not been misled on anything before you part with your money. Make sure that you get all of the necessary paperwork so that you are not left with any unpleasant surprises further down the line.

Buying a Used Motor from a Car Auction

As these tend to be put on auction companies, there is less risk involved in buying a used car from a car auction than can be the case when buying from a private sale. A weekday daytime auction is usually the best time, as you will often find that the prices are considerably higher at weekends, evenings and during school holidays.

There are often cars at the auction that were not included on the initial list. This can sometimes result in split-second impulse buys. To avoid this, make sure that you have chosen the car(s) that you want to bid on before you arrive at the auction. The condition of some cars will not always be impressive, so it is a good idea to check that there will be several examples of the car that you want at the auction, in case the condition of one or more cars is poor. This includes visible damage such as scuffs and scratches, as well as damage to the bodywork.

While it can be significantly cheaper than other methods of buying a used car (and therefore very desirable to those who are on a motoring budget), buying through a private sale is often seen as risky given that you often have little or no prior knowledge of the seller. Although a car auction is usually a more trustworthy way of buying a used car in a private sale, there is still no option to take the car back or demand a refund if anything goes wrong at a later date. Because of this, buying a used car in a private sale is best left to those who are prepared to take a risk.

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