If you apply a little common sense when looking to purchase used vehicles, all should go well, and you could end up getting a car which will serve you well for a long time.
However, if you rush blindly into what seems like a good deal, then you could end up not even getting the car home before it breaks down.
When thinking of purchasing a car second hand there are some points which you should give consideration to and be on the look out for when giving your potential new car the once over.
Always go to view the car in good light. Never, ever go at night or view in an area which has very poor lighting. If the seller is reluctant to show you the vehicle in good lightning conditions, consider this a warning sign.
Always spend time looking for rust on the bodywork .While a few surface blisters are usually harmless, corrosion is a totally different thing. If you see a rust blemish then gently rub it with your finger and if you hear a rustling noise this could mean there is corrosion underneath the rust.
Look for any signs that the vehicle has been in a collision previously. Obvious signs are joins where the car has been welded, or creases on the bodywork. You might need some collision repair to get the vehicle back to perfect condition. A good collision center should be able to take care of things just fine, but there will be instances in which the damage is severe enough that you might want to keep looking instead.
Where possible take a qualified mechanic with you to view the vehicle before handing over any money.