If you are in the market for a used car there are a few things you should consider before making a purchase. The first thing is to have an idea of the average price of the type of vehicle you are interested in and you can do this by searching the internet, there are many sites offering free valuation services and these will give you average prices for the make and model you are looking for. Once you have this information you can start looking. There are many places to look for used cars and depending upon what you are looking for and if you have another vehicle to sell or part exchange, you will have a bit of negotiating power.
Before visiting dealerships, know what you want but be prepared to be a little flexible. Most dealerships have websites and you can check their stock levels before you go so that you have an idea of what is likely to be available. Once you have found a suitable car, always take it for a test drive. If possible drive it on different types of road so you can get a feel for it and see how it handles on different road surfaces. Whilst on the test drive, you will be able to see how the brakes work, what the acceleration is like and what the clutch is like. Find out if any and what type of work has been done on the car, for instance has the timing belt been changed, has the clutch been replaced or have there been any problems with the gasket. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the vehicle and if you are not satisfied with the answers, walk away. Once you have decided on your purchase, see if there are any extras the dealer will give you to sweeten the deal and if there are any warranties included in the cost.