There’s things in life that are stressful. They include getting married, getting divorced, having a child, a family member dying, moving house and buying a car. All of these things present their own perils and pitfalls and require you to make objective, informed logical decisions. Each of these requires you to remain objective and at times be practical.
It’s a shame I didn’t remember the practical and objective points when I went shopping for some of my cars. As girls, I think we get blinded by things. I don’t mean this in a sexist way, but we decide on something and we o out there and damn well get it – call us tenacious, dogged, determined. Whatever word you want to attribute to us any man knows when a woman wants something she’s not taking ‘NO’ for an answer.
That’s kind of what happened when I bought my VW Beetle whilst pregnant. The boot is small…seriously small, it cannot actually fit a buggy that folds larger than 26cm in length. It has crappy headroom when getting into the back, not what you need lugging car seats in and out in a hurry. I wasn’t to be deterred though, I found and fell in love with my car. I had to have it. I didn’t see the need to pay for an independent inspection or a mechanics report the car wasn’t that old.
I remember checking all the usual things like tyres, service book, looked over paintwork for signs of a respray or welding and often checked the age and mileage out to see if this added up. In reality though there is so much more you should check and double check when buying a used car for you and your family to run about in.
Thankfully though there is help at hand with this rather nifty infographic from the team at the Car Shop which has all the things you ACTUALLY need to remember when buying a used car and that will keep you and your decision making on track and not let you get blinded by flashy salesmen or the fact that the car you’ve gone to see matches your handbag or your buggy.
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