For most of us, purchasing an Approved Used car is far more complex than arriving at a dealership, picking the model that interests you and driving away. Follow these tips to make sure your next used car is a perfect match.
The first step to take should be to shop with established names that can be trusted. Choose dealers that have been in business for years as it is likely that their success is built on quality and transparency. Look for those that have RAC Approved Dealer status too, such as McCarthy Cars.
You will probably have a few manufacturers and models in mind which you should research before making contact with a dealer. It is sensible to search forums and motoring websites for the opinion of current owners and industry experts who are more likely to be honest about common faults or negative features.
When you are ready to start making enquiries, don’t rush. Begin your search online where you can quickly find out about your target model’s specification, mileage, styling features and performance statistics. Head to the dealership to see the car first and give it a thorough visual inspection, looking for rust, dents and other signs of a poor condition. Ask for a test drive of multiple models so you can compare the way they drive as well as their features on paper.
Next, make sure you complete all the necessary checks to guarantee the quality of the car you are about to buy. The service history booklet will help you to identify any recurring issues that may not have been corrected. It also shows if the vehicle was serviced at a manufacturer-approved dealers or not. No service history or gaps in it are bad signs. It is also wise to look at the MOT history. Picking a car that was recently tested means that you will avoid the cost of an MOT so soon after you bought the vehicle. If you want total peace of mind, you can request a HPI check which highlights any irregularities in the car’s background.
Consider financing your purchase as a way to help you own it sooner and afford a higher-priced model. The dealer will most likely arrange most of the paperwork for simplicity and offer a number of options suited to different circumstances. Remember to set a budget for how much you are willing to spend monthly and stick to it.