Never view a car in the rain, poor light or at night.
Water hides scratches, dents and other cosmetic damage.
To ensure the car hasn’t had any major accidents covered up check for the following things:
Misaligned or mismatched coloured panels
Any paint on the body trims that you wouldn’t expect
This could indicate where repair work has been carried out.
Tyre tread depth
If the tyres are below 3mm, even though they’re above the legal limit try to negotiate these to be replaced or on price as they will need changing in the near future.
Simply place a 20p coin in the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band is not visible then your tyres are above the legal limit.
Ensure all lights, electronics and buttons are operational
Check the air-conditioning is working properly
A dealer or seller may say it only needs to be re-gased. However this isn’t always the case and could be a much bigger problem that can cost £100s or £1,000s.
Check the interior is free from stains or major damage
Tears and broken trim are notoriously expensive to repair and the smell of smoke is very difficult to remove.
Excessive wear to the steering wheel, gearstick or seat bolsters
can be an indication of a clocked car if the mileage is very low.