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Top tips on buying a medium sized carBack

Ford FocusThe medium car sector is one of the most popular sectors in the motoring industry mainly because it caters towards small families and business executives looking for something more powerful and spacious than a supermini or city car. In fact, the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra have consistently occupied spots in the top ten most popular cars in the UK.

When it comes to choosing the right model to buy there is so much choice, which is why Trusted Dealers has put together a checklist below of the top five things to look out for when you’re purchasing a medium car, to ensure you get the best value for money.

Look beyond the badge

Although there are certain cars which stand out in the medium car sector thanks to a highly esteemed badge, it is well worth looking beyond popularity and considering the wide range of cheap medium cars available which may offer similar performance, more equipment and a better warranty. ‘Mainstream’ cars can also depreciate frighteningly quickly and can lose as much as a third of their list price in the first 3 years.

Look for a bargain

Medium cars are volume sellers but oversupply can become a problem to dealers. If you are considering buying a new or used medium car, the best time to make a purchase is around plate change in March or September when dealers are keen to shift stock to make way for new arrivals. You can also cash in on deals if you buy towards the end of the month as your custom will help boost the monthly sales figures.

Hatchback or Saloon

If you are considering purchasing a mid-sized saloon, it is better to buy second-hand to ensure you get the best value for money. The UK is a nation of hatchback lovers meaning the saloon is bound to depreciate faster so there are plenty of bargains to be had on used saloon cars. An alternative option is to purchase an SUV. Many SUVs currently on the market offer similar if not better interior space and boot capacity coupled with extras such as a raised seating position and four-wheel drive.

Check safety and security

Many families purchase medium sized cars but the safety and security equipment offered on each model can vary widely. Checking for essential safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain airbags is a must and may not be fitted as standard on second-hand cars. Some of the more popular medium cars such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf are more attractive to criminals because they are not only easy to sell on, but they can also be broken down and their parts sold, so it also important to check the levels of security equipment available to help prevent break-ins from occurring.

Check boot space and comfort

If you are considering purchasing a medium car for your family, there are a number of important checks which must be done. For example, if you have a buggy or pram which needs to fit in the boot, make sure this is possible before you buy. Medium cars offering larger boots of more than 400 litres in capacity include the Honda Civic and the Citroen C4. Make sure there is also a suitable amount of head and leg room in the back for passengers to be comfortable and that the rear door apertures are wide enough for easy access for both children and adults.


Posted by Leana Kell on 01/10/2013