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Re: Buying a used car in the UK
Posted by RodM (more from RodM) on Wed, 4 May 2016 14:38:50
In Reply to: Buying a used car in the UK, steve, Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:14:30
It's a long time since I lived in the UK so my experience might be outdated. One thing to watch out for is the MOT test. This is an annual test of roadworthiness that every car over 3 years old has to undergo. The testers can be pretty picky so it can get expensive if you have issues like airbag lights or check engine lights.
Used cars can be quite a bit cheaper there than in the US - partly because of the MOT test issues I assume. Also most of them will be manual (which I think is great, but not everybody loves rowing their own).
The unused annual road tax goes along with the car so if you find a car that still has 11 months left, great. If it only has a month left then that's a negotiation issue.
Other than that I think it's mostly the same as the US - caveat emptor of course!
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