October 17, 2017 at 4:32 PM
Thinking of buying a used car? Whilst the internet makes it easier than ever to browse and search for cheap used cars, it is often hard to know if you are making a good choice, or if you are really getting value for money. Buying used cars from private sellers can be a daunting and risky process for many reasons, therefore we explain why you should stick with trade garages when buying your next used car.
If you've ever tried to finance a used car from a private seller, you'll know it is not always as straight forward as you'd like. That's because banks and lenders often don't think private sellers will value the car correctly. However, an independent dealer will have a wide-range of finance options available and will be able to get you a deal that suits your needs best. Whether you'd like to pay for the car through a zero deposit hire purchase or a personal contract purchase, trade dealers are able to provide simple, straight forward finance solutions for almost any and every individual. Financing your next used car with easy to manage instalments means you can use the money set aside for your car purchase towards that dream holiday or those home improvements you've always wanted.
Independent dealers are also able to offer competitively priced warranties for used cars. They normally have flexible levels of cover that range between 30 days and 36 months and policies often cover things like replacement parts, consequential damage and road-side recovery. Being able to choose the right type of warranty while you buy your car is not only convenient but also gives you peace of mind when you drive it off the forecourt.
If a car you purchase turns out to be faulty, you don't want to be thousands of pounds out of pocket. Buying a used car from a car dealer means that you are covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The Act states the used car must be “fit for purpose”, “as described” and of “satisfactory quality” taking into account the car’s age and mileage. If you experience issues with a used car purchased from a dealer, and in most cases you will be entitled to a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Unfortunately, with private sellers, it is a case of 'buyer beware'. Whilst the car for sale must match the seller’s description, be roadworthy, and the seller must have the legal right to sell it to you (e.g. it must not be stolen). In this case, the buyer is responsible for ensuring the car is “of satisfactory quality’’ and “fit for purpose” before agreeing to buy.
Because independent dealers build their business model around cultivating a good reputation you can count on them to provide you with a highly-rated, customer-orientated sales experience. If you can choose a dealer that has had an established reputation over a period of decades and see testimonials online from existing customers, you know you'll stand a good chance of getting your perfect car at a great price.
Finally, it is worth remembering that some trade dealers specialise in certain cars. You can find dealers who deal only in certain brands of cars, cars under £5,000, or commercial vehicles which is great if you are yet to decide exactly what car you're looking for. But wherever you go, the big advantage of an independent garage is that they can offer you a personalised service which you can rely on.
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