July 07, 2020 at 9:13 AM
If you or a family member are looking to buy a car, it can be difficult to find a reliable source of information to learn about the in's and out's of buying a used car. In this post, we want to share some top tips that may help you in your journey to buying a used car.
Why buy used?
With the current financial climate, buying a used car isn't as frowned upon as it may have been in the past. Looking at making your money go further in terms of what you're getting with a used car is a smart move, especially if you can spread out the overall cost with a finance plan.
Buying used has always had connotations of buying cheap and ending up with a car that isn't reliable and that doesn't drive well. This is not the case since all professional car dealerships/garages will go through strict vetting processes when they buy/part exchange a car. The processes put in place to check over a car are necessary to ensure they aren't selling something that isn't worth the money later on down the line.
When it comes to buying a used car, a lower overall price doesn't undermine the quality of the car. At the end of the day, as long as the vehicle has been well maintained and serviced, there will not be anything inherently wrong with the car. The only factor that plays in the valuation of the vehicle itself is the age as well as the milage. As long as you, the buyer are aware of this and are happy with what's shown on the car's history etc, then buying used is as simple as buying new! (If not, simpler).
Make sure you're happy:
The most important thing with any large purchase is that you, the customer are happy with everything before you sign a contract, or pay any money. Whilst you're looking at the cars you're interested in, make sure you ask plenty of questions ensuring you're aware of everything. Professional dealerships will be very forthcoming when showing you around the showroom but don't be afraid to ask anything that pops into your mind!
The happier you are with knowing everything about the car before you buy, the more certain you'll be that you made the right choice. Buyers remorse is never a positive, especially after making a large purchase/investment like a car.
Ask About Finance/0% Deals
Depending on the dealership/garage you're shopping with, they may have a range of finance plans/deals that could make it easier for you to obtain a new car. Certain dealerships will have 0% finance deals as they may have a few cars that they are keen on selling, as well as specific finance plans that may better suit your budget.
When visiting the showroom, feel free to ask a member of staff if there are any sales, deals or finance plans that aren't advertised at the moment. This gets the conversion going, letting them know you're more serious about purchasing a vehicle which could be beneficial when finding the best deal for you. Finding cars that can be sold with 0% finance deals can also highlight cars you may not have thought about owning previously which is a nice way to discover new types of cars that could interest you.
Think About Your Own Needs:
As much as the majority of us want to drive a shiny red sports car, it isn't feasible for most of us as our day to day lives restrict the amount of time we can spend driving around a race track. It's important to think about your own needs and requirements before you start looking at which cars you're interested in since actual usage should guide your purchase decisions. This isn't to say the look, colour and styling of the car isn't important, however, if you're a parent of a family of 4, a larger vehicle is undoubtedly more suitable for a family lifestyle versus a sporty coupe.
Consider your own needs when looking around the showroom, and again, don't be afraid to ask questions! If you'd like to know more about a particular car, any member of staff would be more than happy to help.