Buying second-hand cars makes so much more sense than buying a brand new one, and here are some reasons why.
The main advantage of used cars is price. They are so much cheaper than new cars, even those that only have a few thousand miles on the clock. Many people are under the impression that you can’t get finance on used cars as easily as you can for new vehicles. This simply isn’t true. You can either arrange finance with a dealership or source it yourself. You can also take out a loan if you prefer to do it that way. Finance (or lack of it) is no barrier to getting your dream car.
Buying second-hand can make that dream car a reality. You may not be able to afford a brand new CLK, but one with 25,000 miles on the clock may well be within budget.
Cars are much more reliable than they used to be, so even higher-mileage cars are viable purchases these days. If you buy a car with 60,000 or 70,000 miles on the clock, is should be good for at least the same again. Cars such as VWs and Mercedes can clock up mileages of 200,000 or more and still run perfectly well.
Why buy a brand new Fiesta when you can buy a used Golf and have much more fun in a much better car?
Spread Your Wings.
Many would-be bargain hunters restrict their search to a small area of the country, but it can pay to expand your search, so if you are looking for used cars in Mansfield, for example, consider widening your search to the nearby towns of Nottingham, Lincoln and Derby.
If you buy a used car from a dealership, they may well provide a warranty with it, usually for either six months, a year or two years. Extended warranties can also be purchased. Many original warranties are now transferable, so there may even be some left to run even on cars offered by private sellers.
As with all major purchases, do take your time before you take the plunge, and be sure to have any used car checked out by a mechanic before you buy.