8 Things To Remember When Purchasing A Used Car
1) Make a budget
You may think you can get a bargain with a cheap used car, but once you are on the forecourt you may have an eye for something a little more expensive. If you have a budget, you keep the budget! Simple! Decide whether you are paying with finance or up front and keep that in mind when choosing your car.
Remember to leave breathing space on your budget for insurance. You need to find the best finance solution for you so take your time. For young drivers, consider things like a black box to make your insurance more affordable. We spoke to Rebecca from Georgesons Cars to see what percentage of his customers are young buyers. He said “A lot of our customers are young people buying their first car, and majority of these customers were getting a black box. It saves a lot of money in the long run.”
3) Do your research:
Most used car companies will have an online showroom where you can find photos and all the details about the car that you need. Maybe check this out before you visit the forecourt so you have an idea what you’re looking for when you get there. When choosing your car, consider what you need it for. Will you be making long trips or short? Petrol or Diesel? How many seats do you need? And how much boot space do you need to have? All these questions need to be thought about before aimlessly picking a pretty car.
4) Compare Compare Compare:
Make sure you check all the dealerships in your area and make sure you are getting the best deal. You can even haggle and try and get the price down. Dealerships are determined to be the best in the area, so pitting them against each other could get you a cheaper deal!
5) Inspect the Car:
Check the used cars overall condition, if there’s scratches or dents then you may be able to get a discount. Check the engine, oil and mileage of the car as the details on the website sometimes don’t match. Test the gadgets inside the car, e.g. the radio and electric windows. Make sure the lights work and the tyre treads are right and then you’re pretty much done!
6) Test drive:
It’s important that you take the car on a test drive, this is when you really decide if a car is for you. Check that everything runs smoothly and it doesn’t veer. Listen up for any noises that you shouldn’t hear. If you drive on the motorway a lot, ask to go on it in the car, this way you’ll know what it’s like when you use it in everyday life. Finally check if the car is spacious enough for you or if you need a child seat in make sure you have enough room for that.
7) Make sure any extras are worth it:
A dealer may try and sell you a model that comes with Bluetooth or cruise control or alloy wheels. All of these extras can make things pricey, so make sure you are only getting what you really NEED. If you do need these things, you may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere.
Remember, if things go wrong dealerships must be on hand after you’ve purchased your car. Know your rights if you find faults, the Consumer Rights Act can protect you.
But most importantly, enjoy your new purchase!
Featured Image by Daniel Phillips