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Tips When Checking Out A Land Rover Before Purchasing

Heather Gribbin

Heather Gribbin

November 3, 2019

Heather loves Land Rovers and spending time in the great outdoors.


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Buying a land rover like any other car takes some careful consideration. When buying a used one, there are a few things that you need to check before you go purchasing it. Here are some tips when checking out a land rover before purchasing.

The Costs

The cost of buying a car is expensive, but when it comes to land rovers, they are going to be pricier, even for used ones. As it’s a bigger car and there’s more to it, you want to think about the costs involved before you go spending your money. You don’t want to end up with a car that you can’t afford to run. It’s a good idea to do your research on what are typical fixes that need doing to a car like this and what models are available and which ones are the best for what you’re after. The cost of the car is not the only thing to think about, you’ve also got taxes and insurances to factor in and of course, running the car itself. Once you’ve found a used land rover, just check that you can afford the rest of what comes with it, including body part replacements.

Inspect It Thoroughly

With any car, it’s good to give the land rover that you plan to buy, a thorough inspection and that means every part of it. When you’re buying from a used dealership or from an individual, don’t feel pressured just to give it a visual once over. Be careful at everything you look at to make sure that everything is being sold to you is clearly there or if it’s missing, why it’s not there. You want all the relevant paperwork that ensures its validity and particularly to do with its annual checks that the local garage would have checked. Take your time with the inspection and ask plenty of questions about anything that you may be unsure of and want to query. This is the time to take advantage of that opportunity.

Take It For A Test Drive

A test drive is a good way of getting a feel for the car. When you’re buying a land rover, the driving experience is going to be fairly different from other cars which are much lower to the ground. Taking a test drive also helps you flag any issues that you might not have gotten on the visual inspection. Give it a good run so that you can see it perform for a least twenty minutes. If the seller is not offering you this, then it should certainly raise a few flags.

Think About Who You’re Buying From

Think about who you’re buying it from and whether they can be trusted. A car is not cheap, and so when it comes to your land rover, you want to ensure it’s all genuine and that you’re going to get what you wanted from the car.

Do these checks for your next purchase and enjoy the land rover that you’ll get to drive home.

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