Guide To Buying A Used Car

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Most of us buy used cars for our main car as new cars are just so expensive. But what should you look out for to ensure you dont get stung?

If you're looking to buy a used car you could either go to a private seller or buy from a dealer. Either way it's worth considering a number of key things including the following :

  • Check car price guides for prices of different makes and models
  • Consider maintenance and running costs as well as likely resale value
  • It's worth haggling to see if sellers will drop their prices
  • Make sure you receive all documentation especially the V5 vehicle registration document
  • Get a history check to see whether a car has finance outstanding, or has been stolen. These cost around £40
  • Look at the vehicle's service history. Check that the mileage tallies with the record, and that servicing has been carried out at appropriate times. Old MOT certificates with receipts for work done add credibility to vehicle history
  • If you are not mechanically minded or if the car has clocked up a high mileage, have the car professionally inspected (from around £100)

Where to Buy?

There are different pros and cons to buying privately or through the trade. You normally pay more through the trade, but you can also buy a warranty to give you peace of mind. Private sellers are not always the cheapest option, though, as many sellers overprice their cars. You generally have no legal comeback with a private seller if the car goes wrong, so it's best to get the car checked over by a professional first. You may be able to sue the seller if they deliberately mislead you, but this could prove costly.

Useful Websites

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  • Bristol Street Used Cars
    For the best new cars and second hand cars for sale
  • Used Cars Glasgow
    Belmont autos is a family run used car dealership based in Glasgow with over 40 years or experience in the industry. They also provide used car finance/credit, MOT & servicing, click here for more!
  • The Car People - Finance Calculator
    Try our car finance calculator to gain a good idea of the finance options available to you. Used cars for sale at The Car People in Wakefield, Sheffield & Manchester, the hassle-free way to buy a car
  • Motors
    If you are looking to buy a cheap used car, then is the best place to start. Search our huge database of all makes and models now!
  • UK Mazda Dealers
    The Mazda dealer listings page has details for used and new Mazda dealers in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Autotrader UK
    The UK's #1 site to buy and sell new and used cars, bikes, vans, trucks and caravans with over 350000 vehicles online. Check Car news and reviews
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Further Reading

  • Buying a Used Car Online

    Want to read about buying a used car for you that fits your budget and also delivers on what you need (estate, hatchback, sports). Then read our simple motoring guide
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  • Buying From Car Dealers

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  • Buying A Car Privately

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