There’s a lot that needs to be checked when buying a used car. If you buy a car that’s been poorly maintained, it could end up being very costly in the long-run.
Up there with one of the most expensive purchases you’re ever likely to make, it’s unsurprising your car is often regarded as your pride and joy. Looking after such a prized possession is vital, and in this section we provide you with our best advice and tricks to keep your car in tip-top condition.
If you’re hoping to sell your car for a profit one day, you’ll especially love our ideas for how to maintain it to investment standard.
We’ve even got guides to help you when you’re buying a used car. Which cars to buy, what to look out for when searching the market, how much to pay… it’s all here at your fingertips.
Most people think they know how to wash a car properly, and everyone knows that to keep a car looking fresh it needs cleaning regularly. Yet, many don’t realize what goes into getting the best results.
We’re at a special time. Classic cars are no longer just a hobby for stereotypical older gents with an MG Midget in the garage, grease on their hands and a pricey AA membership.
Depreciation. The word that car owners everywhere dread the most, and it’s not surprising. A brand new car will generally lose an astronomical 60% of its value within three years of being driven off the forecourt. A good job then that we’re going to avoid all of that nonsense by timing the used car market, and picking up a car that will not only be no longer depreciating, but will appreciate. That is, after all, the name of the game.
Whether to buy a new or used car is a decision that all drivers have to make sooner or later. Monthly finance payments and maintenance costs will have to be budgeted for, and accepting your car will depreciate is usually a given. But if you’re not going to be racking up the miles in your car, is there a way to avoid that depreciation, and perhaps even make a profit when you come to sell?
Of all the things that serious car investors consider when buying a classic, many would conclude that a fully documented history is one of the most important aspects. But just how vital is it, and what can you do if your car has some gaps in its paperwork?