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Click-Cars Buyers Tips


Buying a used car can be a daunting task, so we have put together some helpful advice to make the task of finding your dream car that little bit easier.

Before you start looking at cars, its a good idea to establish what you actually need the car to do, this can help avoid buying a car on impulse, and ending up with a two seater sports car instead of a MPV for your family of seven!
Also set out how much you want to pay for your new car, include insurance and other running costs such as finance if your going down that route.


Buying from a dealer

This is the safest way to buy a second hand car. Today most car dealers are very reputable, and are bound by many laws and regulations.
This means you will be protected by the Sales of Goods Act, which is there to make sure the car you are buying meets acceptable standards.


Get the best pick of cars by going to a official dealer, you normally get a comprehensive warranty. Also dealers will normally offer you, finance, part exchange, servicing schedules and even part exchange.

Most reputable dealers will be members of a trade association, which means in the event of a problem your have some help on your side.


  Buying privately

Buying a vehicle privately, may be a gamble for the unwary. You need to be very careful, and make the right checks.

Cars for sale on the private market are often not prepared and checked in the same way a trade dealer is obligated to, therefore no warranty is usually offered, and often very little legal come-back in the event of a problem.

If you have not got time to sell your old car before or after buying your new one, buying privately can be a a problem as there is rarely an option for a trade in.

Getting  a car checked by a professional can be a costly option but can be worth it. If this is not an option taking knowledgeable friend is always a good idea.
Getting the best price for your Part-Exchange

There are a few things to consider if your are planning to part-exchange your car.

Make sure you have all the relevant paper work, this includes the DVLA V5 registration document, the latest MOT certificate, and the service history book with any receipts.

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Make sure you have any spare sets of  keys, including central locking or alarm remotes, this also applies to buying your next car, always ask the dealer if they have all the keys, these can cost up to £100 per set.

Get any repairs done, including any dents, you can contact a dent repair specialist, they come to you and normally charge by the panel.

Give the car a detailed clean inside and out, or even better get the car professionally valeted.

Do some research into the value of the car you want to part exchange.


Ask the dealer what the best price he/she can give you. Do not say "Suppose you would give me one £1000 for the car"


One other point to consider is the 'cost to change'. Sometimes dealers may have their cars at what you would consider an inflated price. However, you may be offered more money for the car you are part-exchanging. So you will need to look at the overall deal.

Test Drive

Many people do not bother to test drive a car before they purchase it. However, if you get the opportunity, it is a good idea. If they do not offer a test drive it is strongly recommended you ask for one.

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If you do take the car out for a test drive then drive it slowly and gently. This will give you a lot more information about the car than frightening the sales exec by driving the car at full speed. Ask them to drive you in the car too, this will give you a chance to listen for any strange noises whist not having to concentrate on driving a new car to you.