It’s hard to know where to begin when the search is on for a new car. Prices can be sky high and unaffordable. Before you start browsing for the ‘one’, think about what you really need from a car. You may love the look of the two-seater convertible but is that going to work if you’re about to start a family? Once you know what your wants and needs are, you will then need to choose where to buy it. Buyers are often unsure which dealers to trust, and worried about making such a big financial commitment.
Instead, have you ever considered buying a used car? Buying a used car can save you lots of cash compared to a brand new motor. Whether you’re after a cheap runaround or a dream machine, there is a lot of choice available on the second-hand market.
Feeling skeptical about buying a used car? Here are a few tips about how best to go about the processs:
- Used cars are ultimately cheaper, so a lower upfront cost will prevent you from breaking the bank. If you opt to pay monthly, your Personal Contract Purchase could be as low as £100 monthly.
- Do your research; find out as much information about the car as you can, for example how long the car has been on market.
- Check the cars mileage, engine, oil, tyres, lights and ask about any recent repairs. If motors are not your thing, take a friend or family member to get a second opinion.
- Most importantly, does the car seem in safe condition to drive? Trust your gut – if the seats are sagging and the car looks like it’s ready for the scrap heap, continue your search elsewhere.
- A trusted dealer will provide test-drive facilities for all the used cars that they offer, so hop in and take it for a spin. Are you comfortable? Is there enough space? Will your child seat fit in easily? Is it a smooth ride? What is the engine noise like? Check the brakes and the suspension.
- When you’re browsing, be sure to look for dents, scratches and other points to negotiate on etc. A credible car dealer will share full car history with you that will entail any accidents or repairs done on the car. This will give you your negotiating leverage as you’ll know exactly what you are getting and how much it is worth.
- Once you’ve decided what car to pick, now you need to know how to get the best deal. One way to slash costs is to buy at the right time. If you’ve got time to wait, why not wait until the quarterly sales?
- Beware of buying your car privately through buying and selling sites such as eBay. Make sure you protect yourself. The process can be a little daunting, but the right car dealer such as KAP Motors, will minimise the chance of any nasty surprises.
- When you’ve been given a quote, compare prices with other dealers to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
Have you ever bought a used car before? It would be great to hear what you think.