The Real Guide To Buying A Car on Ebay

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Buying a vehicle from ebay:-

right when buying a car on ebay make sure there are alot of clear pictures and a good long description pointing out everything down to the smallest dent or ding

look at the sellers id make sure they got good feedback even read the feedback to see why they got a good rating

dont be shy to ask the seller any questions

look local or not too far away

GO AND VIEW THE CAR BEFORE BIDDIING seller should not have a problem with this

check the car over properly ask all the right questions eg, why selling, what did it need for last mot, any things not mentioned i should know about, how long they owned it for, are all documents presant and correct for that car,

CHECK THE VIN PLATE AND REG WITH THE LOG BOOK AND PREVIOUS MOTS OR HISTORY, DO A HPI CHECK OR EXPERIAN, RAC DO A FULL CHECK FOR CHEAP DONT DO THE CHEAPER OPTION BY TEXTING THE REG NUMBER TO A COMPANY WHO DO MINI HPI CHECKS IT NEVER GIVES YOU ALL THE INFO YOU NEED.

take the car for a drive and drive with the radio OFF and stop them talking so you can listen to the car for any noises that shoudn be there

walk round the car and look at each window corner, you will see a very small number under all the writing might look like this ...2.. with the dots, that 2 represents the year the window was made so they should all match each other then they should match the year of the car for example im buying a 2002 fiesta each window corner should have ...2.. if for example the windscreen did not match i know its had a new screen no problem but if say the two doors on drivers side did not match then this needs further investigation as signs of side impact and both doors replaced, but say all the windows had a ..5... or a ...0.. then this would ring alarm bells as a possible ringer investagate this, i expect 1 year difference but thats it only 1 year any more than that and i walk any way you see where im going with this

always look down the car from the rear to the front you will see lines better and any dents better (trust me)

look at the engine check for fluid leaks (oil or water or power steering fluid)

look underneath at the sump make sure its clean and no signs of leaking, look at the rubbers make sure they arnt starting to perish

check fluid levels and ask when it was last serviced or had oil and filters changed (look at how clean they are, the cleaner they are the more recent it was done)

AVOID cars with oil in the water and cars with what looks like baileys cream on the oil filler cap

check all door lines and bonnent/boot lines make sure the gaps are even and are all the pannels the same shade of colour.

check the exhaust make sure its still reasonbly silver and not blowing any where else

take a tyre depth gauge dont guess might cost ya

MAKE SURE you let the car run warm, when it gets warm enough make sure the fan kicks in to cool the engine and BEWARE of cars that start to smell of ROTTEN eggs this is a sign the cat is going and they are expensive to replace

check and make sure the air bag light (if fitted) comes on with the ignition lights and goes out after a second or two when the car is started

thats all i can think of for now well hope this helps

why not print it off use it as a checklist up to you

you can find cars on ebay that are good and are a deal just bid properly and do your home work

REMEMBER ITS YOUR MONEY, YOUR CHOICE, YOUR EARNINGS YOUR RIGHT TO WALK AWAY !!!

UPDATE

As of 2012 cars that go in for M.O.T. will now FAIL if the ENGINE MANAGEMENT light is on and also if the AIRBAG light is on (illuminated on the dash) IF you dont know what these look like on the car you are about to view google them otherwise your bargin buy might cost you alot to get the problem fixed to have the lights turned off and main dealers charge £75 just to plug in the machine to tell you the fault is with no repair

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