How to Make Sure the Used Car You’re Considering Has a Safe History

20.04.2017: When it comes to buying a used car, there’s lots to recommend it, not least that it knocks so much off the price of purchasing new. So

When it comes to buying a used car, there’s lots to recommend it, not least that it knocks so much off the price of purchasing new. So long as you’re willing to look at second-hand motors, you’ll be able to take home a car you could never dream of affording straight out of the showroom.



But that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its downsides. Older cars have not only had more wear and tear over the course of their lifetime, but more of an opportunity for something, at some point, to have gone wrong.



It’s the sort of information that’s undoubtedly handy to know before you hand over your hard-earned cash, so how can you make sure that the vehicle you’re hoping to buy has a history of being safe? By having an MOT history check, of course!

 



What is an MOT History Check?



Should you wish to uncover the history of a vehicle that you’re hoping to purchase, a HPI check is the easiest and most accurate way to do this.



With an MOT check included in the assortment of tests performed during this process, drivers are given a full and comprehensive MOT history of the car in question, so they can accurately ascertain how well it has been maintained over the entirety of its lifetime.   




What Does It Cover?



An MOT check works by inspecting the test database, which details every MOT going back to 2005, including advisory notes provided on the basis of this. However, as an MOT is an inspection rather than a form of maintenance, and there is not necessarily an onus upon the driver to follow the advice contained within, this information may not have been acted upon.


Despite this, it’s usually possible to cross-reference the details it provides against other sections of the HPI test to give you a more accurate insight. 




What Are the Benefits of an MOT Check?



According to the statistics, one in three cars that undergoes a HPI test is revealed to have something hidden. The best way to avoid this is by performing due diligence, which has two main benefits:


•    It will save you money
: Having a full MOT history at your disposal means that you should be able to gain a good idea of whether the vehicle has been properly serviced and maintained (a long list of advisory notes would suggest it hasn’t been). This could help you to avoid buying a car with a high likelihood of requiring repair work.
  


•    It will reduce risk:
In the same vein, vehicles that have not been well looked after are more at risk of experiencing mechanical faults, so performing an MOT check allows you to walk away from any potentially dangerous purchases.



Protect yourself today: perform a full and comprehensive MOT check before you buy.

 

 

- Will Hope -

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