Buying a used car can be TRICKY– find out how to avoid the pitfalls and get a good deal.

Whether you’re buying from a dealer or a private seller, there are various precautions you should take.

Our guide reveals the top 7 TIPS for buying a used car to ensure you know what you’re getting and what price you should be paying for it.

Not taking the right precautions and doing all of the required preparation and checks could cost you a lot in repairs, time and effort.

The key to finding the best used cars is to do your research and take the steps below, including a vehicle history check.


What to look for when buying a used car?

  1. Get HUCA vehicle history report.

A car history report is vital when buying a used car. This tool can assist you to know the actual condition or state of the vehicle.

HomeUsedCar -HUCA is vehicle history service provider in Ghana offering  critical information on vehicle past condition. The service offer great information on equipments and components such as engine, brake systems, suspension, tyres, gearbox, undercarriage etc when in bad condition of airbags etc. There is lot more information from HUCA report you can use to your advantage. Take a moment to think about it. A flood damaged vehicle will cost you lots of your cash  to repair, frustration, and may take away your love for the vehicle. So it is worth check the condition of any used car before you make a deal.

HomeUsedCar or HUCA is available on iOS, Android and Webapp

  1. Value of the vehicle

To avoid overpaying, find out the market value of the car by checking price and comparing similar used cars online from used car listing sites.

Do  your research well, check the car’s history on HUCA, and get a good view of the car (see next point).

  1. Get a good view

Arrange car viewings for the day. Try not to go when it’s dark or raining as this can hide defects, such as dents and scratches. Make use of your HUCA Vehicle History Report to assist  you identify and concentrate your inspection efforts.

Check beneath the car and under the bonnet for rust and any signs of oil leakages, open and close door to observe noises, poor closing of doors, improper alignment, uneven gaps, etc.

  1. Review the import / registration document.

Ask the seller to show you the cars import or registration document. For DV registered vehicles pay particular attention to the import document including UVR, duty receipts, and custom stamps or minutes on it. Perform the following checks on the documents: compare duty paid, importer details on receipts and the other document to ensure they match each other.

  1. Check Vehicle Identification Number (VIN/Chassis)

When viewing a used car, look for its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), which can usually be found at the base of the windscreen. Compare the VIN on the document to the VIN on the vehicle. If the VIN do not match be careful of this deal.

  1. Look out for Mileage clocking and Tampering

Dealer may tamper with the mileage to give you a false view the car is fairly used. But, be careful dealer want you to think that way and convince you you have a good deal. Use HUCA report to check on the mileage and compare mileage on the car to the report. Any figure lower than the report indicates mileage fraud. But you can use this to bargain a good deal if the mileage is not too high on the report.

  1. Cut-and-shuts

A ‘cut-and-shut’ is where pieces of two or more vehicles, often ones damaged in crashes, are illegally welded together. Pull up carpets and trims for signs of hidden welds and look for poor paintwork or colours that don’t match properly.

The HUCA report will definitely show where the damage on the vehicle is. A HUCA report is a tool to assist you to know where to concentrate your inspections.

  1. Take a test drive

Before buying a used car, take a test drive. Allow at least half an hour, and drive at different driving speeds noting how the steering, brakes and gears handle. Listen out for any odd noises and check the electrics.