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That’s why it is important to spend some time researching how to get the best deal on a cheap used car before you enter the showroom.
Do your homework
Do your research on the car you are interested in before you enter the showroom. Shop around online and look in depth at what you can get for your cash – make a note of the price of similar models you have seen for sale and be prepared to show these to the dealer if you think you are getting an unfair deal.
Buy from a franchised dealer
Choosing to buy a used car from a franchised dealer is a sensible option. Mainly because all of the used cars sold on the forecourt will come with some form of free warranty, usually ranging from 3 months up to 12 months, which will cover you in the event that a mechanical failure should occur once you’ve bought the car. You can also gain added satisfaction in knowing that cars from a franchised dealer have been serviced by a team of expert mechanics and that any replacement parts used have come from a reputable source.
Make essential checks
It is vital to make sure that the car you are thinking of buying has undergone the right checks to ensure you don’t get caught out later down the line. At Trusted Dealers, all of our used cars are HPI or Experian checked to ensure that vehicles have not been lost, stolen, clocked, involved in a serious accident or has any outstanding finance to pay. It is also essential to check the service history book – a car with a full service history is worth a lot more than one without, and will give you an indication of how well the car has been looked after in the past.
Test drive the car
Always test drive any cheap used car before you enter into a deal to make sure that it is suited to your needs and performs the way you would expect. A test drive is a good opportunity for you to gain more information on the car from the dealer. It is also a perfect time to carry out any tests to ensure that instruments are working correctly such as lights, electric windows, the audio system, Bluetooth etc.
Dealers will always have some leverage when it comes to agreeing on a price for a used car, so it is important to negotiate hard to make sure you get the best value for your money. If the dealer won’t budge on the price of the vehicle, you may be able to negotiate on extras such as free road tax, or a discounted service plan or warranty agreement. If you are not happy with the final price, be prepared to walk away from the final deal. There will always be alternative models and specifications which the dealer can offer which might be more within your price range, and will prevent you getting into a financial difficulty later down the line.