5 Tips to Save Money on Your Next Used Car Purchase

When you are buying a second-hand car, for whatever reason, you will hear horror stories from those who have regretted buying their own second-hand car. However, buying a preloved car does not need to be a cause for concern if you take steps to ensure that your money is spent wisely. These five tips will help save you money on your next used car purchase.

Read Reviews

When you are buying a used car, check out the vendor online. If they have a lot of negative reviews, have dealt with people in a suspicious manner (ghosting them, delaying replies, refusing to discuss issues in a reasonable manner and so on) then perhaps it is best to avoid them.

Check the Date

The age of your second-hand car is important. Cars less than six months old, to perhaps a year, will not be as large a financial saving as you might like, nor will they have worked off much of their carbon footprint as yet. However, older cars – five years or more – can be problematic as this is the age when mechanical failures begin to occur in earnest. And even if your chosen car is in excellent running order when you buy it, and you drive safely, it will soon show expensive signs of deterioration. The best age for a second-hand car is two or three years old: before or just coming up to its first MOT, when it has been well run in, but has not yet shown signs of damage or excess wear and tear.

Get a Warranty

Many second-hand car dealers offer warranties and guarantees on their preloved cars. This is a positive sign as it means that they have rigorously tested the vehicle and made sure that it is in great condition before selling it to you, which means that you will have many months of happy, trouble-free driving, along with peace of mind knowing that you will not have to pay huge sums should a problem of some kind occur. 

Choose a Reputable Vendor

This leads on from the previous point: choosing a reputable vendor immediately eradicates many of the problems with second-hand car sales, which can be a hotbed of deception and outright lies about the quality of the merchandise. These unscrupulous salesmen often do not have permanent premises, have only a few cars for sale at any time, and tend to pack up and vanish within a few months of setting up shop. Avoid these fly-by-night companies at all costs! If you are thinking of purchasing a used car this summer, then we recommend visiting KAP Motors and getting yourself a used car in Brighton at amazing rates.

Pay Attention to the Fine Print!

Make sure you read the sales contract thoroughly. A reputable vendor will have a clear and easy-to-read set of paperwork, laying out clearly what is and is not covered by their warranty. If the language is too wordy and confusing, this can be a deliberate ploy to make you assume that your interests are covered, when, in fact, they are not.

Second-hand cars are a boon: they help to save the planet, they are cheaper in a host of ways and they are often sturdy cars that can stand up to the passage of time. If you avoid the pitfalls mentioned above, you will have no reason to regret your second-hand car purchase.