If you’re thinking of buying a used car, it’s important to know what you’re letting yourself in for. You need to do all the necessary checks on the car’s history, previous owners and whether it has ever been written off for any reason. But the thing people often overlook is paintwork scratches and bumper scuffs to car bodywork. There is an assumption that any scratches or dents will have been repaired by the garage, but that’s not always the case.
We recommend going around the vehicle and inspecting the bodywork to spot any damage yourself. If not, it could be weeks before you notice any scrapes to the paintwork, during which – especially at this time of year – water and gritting salt are making their way into the scuff potentially causing the metal to rust. Always take your time checking, we think the following five points are the best place to start;
If you do find any damage to paintwork, ask questions about it and don’t be afraid to use any scratches as a bargaining tool for getting money off the vehicle.
If you’ve already purchased a vehicle and have only just noticed some scratches, or have simply spotted some dents on a car you’ve had for a while, it’s not the end of the world – we can give you a free no obligation quote for the repairs. Go to our Contact page to find out how to get in touch.