Top tips for those looking to buy a second-hand car

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying a pre owned car?

Here are some of our top tips to help you get the best deal and the best quality car for your budget.

Buying a car is an exciting experience. But it can also be a bit of a minefield, with so many makes and models to choose from.  There’s a lot to consider to ensure you get a good deal.

A great place to start is buying through a reputable car retailer.  Buying privately greatly reduces your consumer rights meaning it is far harder to go back to a private person if something goes wrong after purchase.

If you’re getting your heart set on a car that you’ve seen online or in a showroom, then make sure that you go through the following couple of checks before making any commitments.


Make sure that your vehicle is HPI checked

An HPI check is a series of legal checks that a vehicle goes through to ensure that it doesn’t have any of the following issues:

  • Outstanding Finance
  • Mileage discrepancies
  • Insurance write offs
  • Stolen

Here at Skinners of Rye, we strive for excellence in both our customer service and our standards. You can rest assured that all of the vehicles that we have available are fully HPI vetted before we stock them.


Have the vehicle checked for repair work

The vehicle could look great on the outside, but without being thoroughly checked for damages, it’s impossible to say if it is in working order.

Our teams of experienced technicians check for any repair work, which includes body work and alloy wheels on every vehicle that we stock. We also check when the vehicles MOT test is due and if it is within 6 months then we will carry it out prior to purchase. 

For added peace of mind, we also offer 6 months warranty with the AA on vehicles that have an expired manufacturer’s warranty.

Give us a call or visit our showroom in Rye to find out more about the wonderful selection of trustworthy vehicles that we have available.

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