If you've made the decision to buy a used car, you'll be excited to check out the used cars available both online and on forecourts around the country. But how do you make sure you'll get the best deal when buying a second hand car? And how do you know if a used car is in good condition?
With a little bit of preparation, you can search for your ideal wheels and buy a used car with confidence. Armed with some handy advice and tips for buying used cars, you'll be sure to get a great deal!
The 'average' mileage of a car driven for private use would be about 7,500 to 10,000 miles per year. To calculate what can be considered good mileage for a used car, you take the average miles per year that the car has driven. So, if a 3 year old car (a car with its date of first registration 3 years ago) has done 40,000 miles, it is averaging over 13,000 miles a year, which is a little high. Anything with a very high mileage may have been used as a company car at some point, so do check its former use. Anything with a very low mileage may not have been driven very much, so check it has been regularly serviced to maintain its condition. This need not put you off buying the used car, but just ask a few more questions - you're in the driving seat!
When buying a used car, be sure to check that you have all the relevant paperwork you need as the new owner of the vehicle. You'll need the 'log book' or V5 document to prove transfer of ownership, the service book, and the warranty documents. As the new driver of the vehicle, you will also need to arrange car insurance and consider breakdown and recovery. Good deals can be had from comparison websites such as Go Compare, Money Saving Expert or Compare The Market.
So far, it's early days for lots of electric cars to be available as used cars. However, there are some demonstrators and pre-registered bargains to be had and plenty of hybrid cars too. As time goes on, more electric cars will become available as used cars and buying a used electric car will become more accessible.
We are trying to keep our blog as unbiased as possible, but we do feel that there are several advantages to consider when buying a used car from a dealer!
In summary - buying a used car from a dealer group such as ours gives you a good used car, for a good price, with a good value deal and no hassle - just peace of mind.