Perhaps the greatest fear for anyone who’s looking to buy a second hand car is whether that vehicle has a hidden or developing fault that could lead to huge repair bills a short while down the road.

Unfortunately, not all of us are gifted mechanics, and with the complexity of modern engines it can be hard to know where to start to look for potential problems.

However, there are a few simple checks that can be done, from listening out for telltale noises to inspecting the colour of the exhaust smoke, which can highlight a range of issues from a worn engine to shot suspension.

To ensure you’re as clued up as possible when looking at a potential purchase, we spoke to Tim Shallcross, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, who gave us a full low-down on exactly what you should be checking when out shopping for that second hand bargain.

So what are you waiting for? Click play above and ensure you’re not lumbered with a lemon the next time you buy a car.