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In Collaboration with AA Cars: Buying a Used Green Car

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Used Green Car

Many motorists feel stressed and anxious when in the market for a second-hand car, particularly if they’re after a “green” car that will help reduce their footprint on this planet. This is understandable as it is a huge investment, and you sometimes hear horror stories, but it should be viewed as an exciting purchase and it can be much more enjoyable when you know what you should be looking for. Here are a few important factors to consider before taking the plunge.


Much like any important investment, thorough research is crucial if you are to get a good deal. Read reviews, check forums and compare vehicles to find the one that is best suited to your needs and budget. You may find that there is a cheaper one or one better suited to your needs elsewhere.

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You should always inspect a vehicle when it is dry and in daylight, as water can hide scratches and the dark makes it difficult to inspect the vehicle. You should also check the tires and inspect the vehicle from all angles. You can find tips for inspecting a car online, but you may also want to bring somebody along for guidance (such as a mechanic). In addition to this, you must test drive the vehicle and make sure that it is a smooth and enjoyable ride and there are not any glaring issues.


You should always shop at reputable dealerships to ensure you are getting a good car with a clean history. Dealerships that have signed up to AA Cars’ Dealer Promise scheme will be the most trustworthy and you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands.

Service History

Ask to see a full history of the automobile’s service and maintenance. This could factor into the price and also make it easier to spot issues on a test drive. The dealership may provide the service history, but you may want to consider purchasing a vehicle history report. When looking through the service history, look to see if there is a consistent story or a particular problem that keeps arising.

(US Readers)

Every car in the US must be registered. Speaking to your local DMV to work out what paperwork is needed to be completed is a must. Remember some states require you to have registered your car as soon as 10 days after purchase. Some may allow 30 days. Ensure you check this with the DMV you are speaking to.

(UK Readers)

Always ask to see the V5C Registration document. This will show you the previous owners and enable you to contact them if you have any queries about the car.

Keep these things in mind when looking at a second-hand vehicle and it will help you to find the right vehicle and at a reasonable price. You must also not feel pressured into the purchase (salesman can be very good at this) and take your time–it is an important decision to make.

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AA Cars is an exciting online car-buying platform created through a partnership between the AA and VCARS, launched in July 2013. This was the first major venture into the used car market for the AA, which is one of Britain's best-known and most trusted brands.

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