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Parker's Car Price Guide
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Parker's Car Price Guide
Date: 31/05/01, updated on 31/05/01 (5908 review reads)
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For anyone who is intending to purchase a new or used car I would wholeheartedly recommend buying Parkers Used & New Car Chooser. This magazine is produced every couple of months and costs £3.30. A bit steep you might be thinking, but you get a lot for your money believe me.
This magazine is an essential guide to finding the right car and reviews every popular model. It contains a used car buyer's checklist, giving you a detailed list of what you should do if you see a car in the paper that you think you might like.
Firstly: Phone Up
Questions to ask:
"Tell me about the car" - check that the details tally with the ad
"Is there a full service history?"
"How long is the MOT?"
"How many previous owners?"
"Any accident damage?"
"Can I drive the car?" (You may need to arrange your own insurance cover)
Be polite, but don't bother to view if you get evasive answers.
Secondly: Arrange to view
Only view the car at a seller's home
Take someone with you if you lack confidence
A woman should never go alone
View in daylight and fine weather
Thirdly: Check the Paperwork
DVLA Form V5 (Vehicle Registration Document - check it's go a watermark). Don't fall for the "The documents are in Swansea" story.
Check it's registered to the person you're visiting, at that address.
Check the date of registration, registration number and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) correspond to the car.
These are just a couple of the points mentioned in this secion of the mag but it goes on to explain in detail things that should check on the actual vehicle itself. Now fair enough to someone who is knowledgable about cars, this might all just seem to be common sense, but this is a real help to anyone who is clueless - like myself.
The mag also includes - Finding the best
deals, Used v's new?, Importing anew car, Latest models in details, New car prices and options.
Each model that is reviewed is given a whole page to itself with a picture of the vehicle being described at the top of the page. It give you the for and against for the car and it is rated on Value, Costs, Reliability, Driving, Performance, Comfort, Image, Safety, Security. It also gives you a breakdown on charges for common parts for the model as well as a Used Spec and Performance & Consumption tables.
For anyone who would consider importing a car, this seciton is very in-depth and gives you a big list of do's and dont's.
Overall I think that this magazine is absolutely invaluable for anyone looking to purchase either a new or used car. I have found it to be a great help for both myself and other family members