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Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

I am a bird and I don’t drive. I never learned, well I did start to learn but an accident (yes, I have more accidents than Mr Bump) meant that I never finished my lessons and ultimately I couldn’t be bothered. This does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that I hate cars, quite the opposite, I love cars.

At the webuyanycar Negotiation Academy a few weeks ago I got to reconnect with my inner petrol head and meet a real life petrol head, Richard Evans.

Richard is the Head of Technical Services at webuyanycar.com and has been a mechanic for over 30 years. What he doesn’t enthusiastically know about cars isn’t worth knowing. On the day we got to give a car a once over, checking for things that might give clues to a cars history and things to look out for which might be costly at a later date. Richard was amazing and is a key part of the webuyanycar academy team. His top tips in full are written below, but I urge you to check out his YouTube video.

Richards’ Top Tips:

Essential checks on a car forecourt to make sure you’re paying what the car is worth.

  • Colour panels: Stand 2m away from the car and check the panels match. If they don’t, work has been carried out -ask what and why.
  • Dashboard: Make sure no lights are illuminated when you run the engine. Especially engine management, anti-lock brake and airbag lights as they point to problems that are very expensive to fix.
  • Integrated satnav: Make sure that a dis is there. If not, it’s useless and a replacement is costly.
  • Tyre tread: Beware of anything that is less than 3mm as they will need to be changed.
  • Bolt-on panels: Check bolts to see if they have been turned. If the paint chips off the car has had work done – again ask why.
  • Modified cars: Enhancements are often done by DIY enthusiasts – meaning dangerous wiring, expensive insurance and a car thrashed to within an inch of its life. Check for alloy wheels, low suspension and souped up exhausts.
  • Air conditioning: Turn on and test it to avoid an uncomfortable or costly summer!
  • Service history: Check the paperwork is correct by calling the garage last to see it.
  • Mileage: Check the stats add up by visiting www.gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle.
  • Upholstery: Lift up any mats in the car, look out for any rips, tears and burns or even holes from high heels.
Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Negotiation Academy, given a scrummy afternoon tea and my travel and childcare expenses were covered. 

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea – yum!

I didn’t do very well at school. Well, I did well enough but my heart wasn’t in it. School for me was a bit boring and the lessons felt a bit irrelevant. They also never, ever, ever served afternoon tea.

I was intrigued this week to be invited along to the webuyanycar Negotiation Academy. Like any good schoolgirl I arrived with a brand new notebook and a selection of pens (though regrettably no pencil case with “I heart Robbie Williams” etched on it in blue biro).

The Negotiation Academy was a 90 minute masterclass in the very swish Great John Street Hotel in Manchester. With a delicious afternoon tea thrown in to soften the educational blow, I sat down and was taken on a whistle-stop tour of all things negotiation, not hostage negotiation, but haggling with retailers negotiation.

Sandi Mann

Dr Sandi Mann

We were lucky enough to be treated to some words of wisdom from experts who really were experts and seriously knew their stuff! I already “knew” Dr Sandi Mann, we both write for the same magazine, and whilst we’ve never met we have nattered online a few times. She’s brilliant, so engaging, interesting and was the perfect person to kick off the afternoon.

Sandi is a specialist in social psychology and ran through a host of top tips for negotiating with retailers including playing good cop/bad cop, using body language to your advantage and my favourite tip, just ask, if you do it with enough (polite) confidence, you might just get away with it.

Following Sandi was Tarlok Teji, a Retail Expert and Visiting Teaching Fellow at Manchester Business School who, with over 30 years’ in industry revealed the sales tricks and treats used by retailers. Including getting your timing right, retailers usually have monthly targets, go shopping at the end of the month and they’re more likely to offer a discount to bag that sale! Tarlok packed a heap of really useful information into just ten short minutes.

Completing the indoor section of the whistle-stop negotiation tour was Martin Chimes. Martin is an independent personal financial advisor and in his ten minutes on the hot spot gave some fab straight-forward sensible advice such as, set a realistic budget that anticipates future costs, NEVER reveal your budget to the retailer, do your homework before leaving home and when it comes to finance for big ticket items such as cars research all the options available, don’t just go for the finance plan available from the retailer, you could save £££s!

Richard Evans

Richard Evans

We then bundled ourselves up against the freezing weather outside to spend a bit of time with the lovely Richard Evans who is Head of Technical Services at webuyanycar.com. Richard has been a mechanic for 31 years and there is literally nothing he doesn’t know about cars. Nothing!

Richard showed us how to inspect the panels on the car to see if they’d been replaced by looking at the colour of them, as well as checking out the bolts on the inside of the doors which could indicate that it’s been in an accident or been modified in some way. He gave a raft of top tips including checking no dashboard lights are illuminated when you run the engine and double checking that the mileage stacks up by visiting www.gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle brilliant tip that last one!

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Negotiation Academy, given a scrummy afternoon tea and my travel and childcare expenses were covered.