That warning light has been blinking for far too long, and that suspicious rattle from underneath the car is getting increasingly worse. Will your car last another winter? Probably not. It may be time to admit defeat and resign yourself to the fact you need a new car – or at least, a new to you car.
When you are looking for a used car for sale, you will no doubt find a vast range of showrooms nearby, such as Hilton Car Supermarket You will also, no doubt, find a vast number of private sellers. How do you know which route is best for you?
Well, an awful lot depends on your budget and how much you are prepared to pay for a car. If you are thinking about taking out a finance plan or offering your older vehicle as part exchange, then you will want to visit the dealerships and showrooms. Most dealerships will be able to guide you through the process of arranging finance and, providing you have all the paperwork proving you can afford the repayments and can pass any credit checks that are needed, arranging finance should be relatively straightforward.
If you do not know a lot about cars, the prospect of walking into a showroom can be daunting. After all, salespeople have an (often unfair) reputation of being pushy. You do not want to pay too much, and you do not want to drive off the showroom forecourt with a car that is overvalued or not suitable for you. The answer to this is to do plenty of research on what to look out in a used car. You need to go in with an idea of the make and model that you are interested in so you do not make any snap decisions.
There are plenty of car websites and forums that will help you narrow down the essential pointers to buying used and help you avoid being ripped off or buying something unsuitable or unreliable.
When it comes to buying a car privately, the primary benefit, of course, is that you are much less likely to pay over the odds and will almost definitely a lot less than through a dealership or second-hand car dealer. However, the downside is that if your car turns out to be a dud – and you never truly know until you have handed over your hard earned cash and driven it away – you have next to no chance of getting your money back. It is even more imperative that you do your research and look for signs of wear and tear. If possible, take someone who knows cars who can give the car a once over, and even take it out on a small test drive to hear for rattles and knocks and other undesirable noises.
Choosing a new car can be a vast minefield, especially for those of us with limited car knowledge. It can be difficult deciding what you want and if you are getting a great deal and a decent car. Make sure that you do your research before you go in, and don’t forget to negotiate on price or say no if it is the wrong car for you.