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Buying a car | 20.05.2014 - 09:42

What to consider when you are buying a used or nearly new vehicle

The prospect of purchasing a used or nearly new vehicle can often be quite daunting for some individuals..

The prospect of purchasing a used or nearly new vehicle can often be quite daunting for some individuals, especially people with little knowledge about cars and the motor trade in general. It is this lack of knowledge that puts many people off as they feel at a disadvantage before they’ve even begun the process of searching for a vehicle. If you are considering purchasing a used car or van then consider the points below before you begin your search:


Don’t jump straight in

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to buying a vehicle is not to make any rash decisions. Unless you have a very clear idea in your head from the start about what car you’re looking for, you should make sure you consider a variety of makes and models in order to find one that suits your needs. There may well be options that you haven’t even considered, so be prepared to be flexible.


Know your price range

Having a clear price range in mind will focus your search and make finding a vehicle an awful lot quicker and easier. What’s more, a dealer will be in a far better position to offer advice and guidance if you can provide a clear picture of what you’re after when it comes to price.

 

Consider finance options

While you might have the available cash to make an outright purchase there and then, it could be worth your while looking at financing options and spreading the cost of the vehicle over a longer period. Smaller dealers are often in the position to offer attractive rates of interest on finance packages that could end up leaving you in a much better position financially.  

 

Insurance

Remember that the next biggest cost you’re going to face after covering the price of your used vehicle is the annual motor insurance premium. Ensure that you can get cover at a reasonable price before you sign on the dotted line and end up with a vehicle you can’t drive.

 

Finding a reputable dealer

Last but by no means least is the need to find a reputable company to do business with. There are for example a number of Nearly new cars for sale but it is vital to make sure you look to purchase your next vehicle through a reliable dealership with a proven reputation for delivering quality used vehicles at great prices. Not only will you receive a better level of service this way, you can also be sure of getting advice and support once you have left the garage and driven away.

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