What to do once you've bought a used car

So you've bought a used car ey? What do you do next? First off, it's probably a good idea to make sure that you've got car insurance and road tax in place so that you can drive your car back home legally. After that, these are just some of the things you want to do:

Insurance comes first

If you love shopping for a bargain, then no doubt you probably love comparing the market and shopping for a good car insurance deal. It's a wise idea to research your insurance before you buy a car if you really want to make sure you're getting the best deal. Think of it this way, then you'd be able to plan your budget and costs around this.

You've got so much to think about and now you'll need to consider the level of cover and how much protection you want for your new used car. If you're already insured, then even better because you'll be able to compare what your current coverage is with other rates to find the best deal. And remember, it's a criminal offence to drive on the road without insurance, so it's not something you should be too relaxed about.

Take the title

Let's say you've bought a used car from a dealer, the chances are that you'll probably already have completed all the necessary paperwork, Bought from a private seller? Then you might need to wait a bit until you receive the title from the previous owner and register the car in your name.

When it comes to registering the car, all you'll need is the documents for the car, by this we mean the V5C registration certificate, if you have it, proof of insurance, and proof of address. If you've got all that, then jobs a gooden!

Get to grips with the manual

If you're not a big fan of reading then no doubt you're probably going to just skim read the manual or maybe just not even read it altogether. You don't need to read it cover to cover like a novel, but as long as you get a feel for it and learn about the maintenance recommendations and service bits and pieces for your used car, then you'll be sorted. You never know, you might even learn something new and find out some bits about your car that you didn't know, like the specific kind of oil it requires and how much pressure your tyres need.

Car manual

Pray there are no problems

When you buy a used car, you're kind of anticipating that there could potentially be some issues with it because it's a used car. If you're not, then you have a lot of faith. No doubt you would have assessed the car before buying it and given it a good once over to scope out if there might be any red flags with it. It's once you've bought it and got home that it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty checks and really see what it's all about.

Fingers crossed you don't come across any problems, but if you did, getting the repairs done as soon as you can be a weight lifted off your shoulders. When you buy a used car you don't want to have to be worrying about repairs already, that should be the last thing on your mind, but finding any repairs that need doing now, would be much better than finding them in the future and having it cost an arm and a leg to repair them.

Perform that maintenance checks

Maintaining your used car is everything. By making sure that all of the parts are working as they should be and that you're changing them if not, you'll be thanking yourself in the long run, trust us. Whether it be changing your oil, fluid replacement, or battery replacement, you don't need us to tell you how many different components make up your car and on a used car, it's even more important that you're checking it regularly.

Go for a spin

Now that you've completed all the important paperwork all that's left to do is to take your new used car for a spin around the block. Take it for a well-deserved ride and really get to grips with what it's got to offer. You'll be used to it in no time and no doubt be looking for your next used car bargain before you know it.


If you're looking to get rid of your current car because you are in the market for a new used car, maybe you've found a bargain that you just can't let go of, or maybe you're in need of a new car and fancy something cheap and cheerful. Whatever your reason might be, we can help you part ways with your old car.

All that we need is your reg number and we're good to go. Long gone are the days where we need to know everything about you before providing you with a quote! Simply pop your reg number into our quick and easy-to-use online valuation tool and off you go. Sit back and watch your best offers roll in from the best car buyers throughout the UK.

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