Entering the used car market can be intimidating and especially if you have not done it before. There is an enormous marketplace to navigate and, although this means that there is great variety, it can also feel overwhelming. In addition to this, you often hear horror stories of used car scams, fraudulent sellers and unsafe vehicles.
So, how can a mum go about navigating the market to find the perfect used car?
First, it is vital that you only browse cars from reputable second-hand dealerships. A private seller may offer lower prices, but you do not get the same level of consumer protection and you also run the risk of falling victim to a used car scam. Additionally, a reputable dealership like AA Cars can also offer attractive finance deals which can make covering the cost much easier.
It is always a good idea to know exactly what you are looking for before wandering around a used car lot. Fortunately, the internet has made it easier than ever to thoroughly research cars and identify what you need. Additionally, many dealerships have websites where you can browse the stick and even arrange test drives. Take the time to consider your needs from the vehicle and then find a few different models that suit your needs and are within your price range.
Checking the vehicle over is the aspect which people tend to find the most daunting.
Every used car should be carefully examined in clear daylight and taken for a test drive before being purchased. Fortunately, there is a lot of helpful advice on how to do this online. If you are unsure, bring along a second pair of eyes or even ask a mechanic to provide their assessment. On top of this, you should also get a vehicle history check carried out to get a comprehensive overview of the automobile’s past (this can also protect you against scams).
If you are happy with the vehicle, do not shy away from asking for a lower price as this is expected. Start low and let the seller work the price up – be friendly yet firm and never feel pressured into going over your budget or buying additional features. Once you have agreed, make sure that you get the logbook and the valid MOT test document.
Navigating the used car market can be tricky, but the above advice should help you to enter with confidence and find the perfect car for your family.
*a collaborative guest post. however, I support all this advice after being sold not 1 but 2 faulty cars from a second-hand car dealership. I am now on my 3rd car from them and it is still all good 6 months in.*