Car Buying Tips

Buying a car is a big deal so you should perform some checks before proceeding with a purchase.


Look into the Sellers History

Do some research into the seller of the vehicle, obtain phone numbers and speak to them directly, also meet up in a safe place.


At TQ500 we pride ourselves in our quality of cars and ongoing customer support which has given us 5 star ratings on Autotrader and Google from our customers.


Fair Pricing

Private sellers will price their cars cheaper as they sell the car ‘as seen’ and do not give warranties or guarantees.

Traders will be priced higher, but will have performed a history check, will have beautified the car by removing any age related marks, will have performed multiple point inspections and give guarantees and warranties for your peace of mind for the future.


At TQ500 we price our cars at a ‘good’ or ‘great’ price as per Autotraders price ranges.

Beware, if the price seems too good to be true, there may be a reason it’s underpriced.


Vehicle History

By checking the vehicles history you can find out if it has been written off, reported stolen, has any manufacturers recalls outstanding or has outstanding finance against it. Some advertising platforms automatically check this before the car is advertised with them, but you can purchase a history check online.

You can check the mileage has raised consistently and if there are any mechanical advisories that may need addressing by checking the MOT history on the DVLA website

Check all the documentation and the V5 document is in the name of the person selling the car if it is a private sale (this is not relevant for Trade purchases).

Check the service history in the Service Book to determine if anything is wrong, if there is no service book then check any receipts they have.


At TQ500 we do all this work for you by DNA and history checking all our cars and performing any mechanical requirements so you can be assured it is ready to go.

If you wish us to perform a check on a vehicle not in our stock that you are looking at we can supply this for £7.99


Mechanical Inspection

If you're not confident in your mechanical knowledge, then it can be quite daunting. Try using a local garage or RAC to check you car.


If you are checking your car yourself then ensure you check the car for:


VINS match on all the documentation.

Body colouring - any major differences could mean it’s had a minor accident.

Hinges for rust

Locks work

Doors close and open properlyUnder car and the ground for oil spots or leaks.

Heater/AC at all speeds.

Dashboard lights all work and all buttons work, for headlights, indicator, wipers, central locking etc.

Carpets and boot floor for any leaks

Check spare tyre and does it have a locking wheel nut key

Starts well and does shake

Car restarts after turning off

Does the exhaust smoke on start up and high revs

Exhaust does not have a leak

Oil is at correct levels

Brakes correctly and evenly  

Gears change well and don't crunch

Bonnet opens and closes.

Tyre depths


At TQ500 we have done all this work for you and will supply your car having had a 100 point inspection, a minimum of 6 months MOT and if due a Service.


Try Before you Buy

Don’t buy any vehicle unless you have been able to test drive it for a while. The longer the test drive the better as the car will warm up and you will get a better feel for the car and feel if anything is wrong with it.


At TQ500 we ensure our test drives are as long and as far as our customers need incorporating many road types.



Always used a method of payment that you can track ie. Bank Transfer, Cheque, Paypal, Card. Be wary of transferring money to a private seller. Make sure the name on the account is the same as the V5 document. And do not give them your bank details.

For Trade purchases make sure you are paying into a verified business account. Do an initial transfer of £1 to check the account, most Banking apps will verify the name on the account matches the Business name you give.

Do not pay by website links, use a money transfer services or pay to foreign accounts.


At TQ500 when we purchase cars or sell them we prefer this to be by Bank Transfer.


Christmas Festivities​​​​​​​

TQ500 invited everyone to come and see our festive display which was put together with the support of D Bonney & Sons.

Inviting family viewings and if 6 or less people you could pop into the Yew Tree Public House & Resturarant were Covid rules apply.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.


Christmas Gift

Looking for that perfect Christmas  gift?

Look no further with our jaw-dropping Christmas FIAT 500s, just select your car and leave the rest to us!

Limited delivery slots are available so book early to secure your slot.

We can even deliver overnight to ensure your Darling wakes up to one of these wonderful surprises!

Xmas decal wrapping and bows optional.


Cycling Lady Santas

The Cyclying Lady Santas popped in for a breather and to admire our Fiat 500 line up at D Bonney & Sons.


Cycling Sponsorship

TQ500 were proud to sponsor Steve Poulter and James Garrett in their 65 mile cycle ride in aid of The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity


 VE Day Tribute to - 

The Greatest Generation

In honour of all those that gave everything that they had so that we can have what we do.


Coronavirus & Lockdown

TQ500 are open for Contactless Sales and Delivery throughout the lockdowns.

GardX Ad-Vantage provide us with Spin 360 and B2See platforms, both of which are essential to present our cars and maintain full engagement with our customers in these unprecedented circumstances.

Simply view the 360 degree exterior and interior vehicle tours and contact us for any additional personal videos that you require about any specific areas of interest.
All cars are being prepared, sanitised and delivered with the use of appropriate PPE for your safety and ours.


 Ashdon & Saffron Walden Young Farmers Ball

In aid of Essex Air Ambulance

TQ500 are proud to sponsor the Entrance and a Table at the 75th Ashton and Saffron Walden Young Farmers Ball in aid of Essex Air Ambulance.
We wish all of the party goers a fun evening raising money for this fantastic charity and service.