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For many people, buying a used car can be a fun and rewarding experience. For others, meanwhile, the entire process can be one that is hugely stressful, with indecision and concerns over quality leading to an anxiety-ridden experience. To help alleviate any such concerns, we’re delighted to provide details on how to buy a used car effectively.

Follow the advice from McCarthy Cars today and you’ll be able to find the perfect used car in next to no time, and all for a cost that represents exceptional value for money.

1. Know what car you need

Need and want are two very different things so, if you’re on a tight budget, it pays to determine exactly what the requirements you have are. For example, will you be using it as your main vehicle? Do you have children to transport? And will the majority of your journeys be short, city trips, or long, motorway travel? These factors will all play a role in identifying the most suitable vehicle for your needs. You can then shortlist models which fulfil your demands.

2. Know how you’ll pay

Do you have cash to pay outright for a vehicle or will you require finance? Do you wish to own the car at the end of an agreement or would you prefer to return it to the dealer? It’s vitally important that you are aware of the vehicle financing options available to you to ensure you get the best deal. Due to vehicle depreciation, it can often be the case that a finance agreement represents the best value. Speak to an expert at McCarthy Cars today to find out more.

3. Choose a reputable dealer

If you do plan on investing in a used car, it always pays to purchase from a dealership that you can trust. McCarthy Cars is an RAC Approved dealership, meaning that all used cars are inspected before sale according to RAC’s standard. As such, you can enjoy peace of mind that the quality of your used car is of the highest order.

4. Inspect and test drive

Sometimes we think we have found the car of our dreams for a great price, only to be let down further down the line by mechanical issues. That’s why you should take the time to inspect your chosen used car in daylight and bright conditions, and take it for a thorough test drive. Reputable used car dealers will always be happy to accompany you on a test drive and answer any questions you may have.

5. Know what’s included in the price

You’d be forgiven for thinking that ‘what you see is what you get’, but you’d be surprised. Make sure you determine exactly what your purchase includes, such as spare keys, spare wheel, original jack, locking wheel nuts, and more. If you’re not confident everything you need is included, don’t feel obligated to buy.

6. Check status and paperwork

Once again, reputable dealerships such as McCarthy Cars will provide you with all the necessary checks and paperwork to support your purchase, as well as investigate HPI and past ownership records to ensure that there is no outstanding finance or write-offs experienced.

These simple steps should help make the purchase process of a used car simple. If you’re unsure or need added reassurance, why not talk to a member of the team at McCarthy Cars? We’re always happy to help and will work with you to secure the best deal.