Never pay or leave deposit (unless full refundable)
without a test drive and inspection in the metal!!!
Unless u confident enough u done enough research online etc on the specific car.
mot history checks, hpi check, ring dealers where car been serviced etc etc
Having said that, franchised dealers are relatively safe bets (hence u pay a premium).
all cars are inspected, most faults fixed before collection,
usually 12month mot and fully warranty even 30days money back!
though there are times when there are some right lemons from dealers!
friend bought a used toyota (manufacturer warranty expired) from toyota.
No tax 11months mot just been reduced
Whn we got there a couple was test driving it.
thy wanted the car and wanted toyota to pay for 6month tax at £125.
toyota wouldnt give, so couple left.
we liked it (and hearing thy wouldnt budge from £125 i didnt think we could negotiate anything,
or was the sales man lying abt the couple?
as it transpires we bought the car.
no discount, nor floor mats, nor extra fuel ,
nor metal keyrings nor road tax - but got a free touch pen (costing toyota £7).
the couple came back after supper and wanted the car and would pay tax themselves!
too late - we had reserved the car!
so if salesman was lying abt the couple (£125)
he wouldnt have told us this ....
Then again had a ford assistant manager kept going to speak
to his manager in his office (empty room?) THREE times before
they gave in gave me a free £400 warranty :-)