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Top Tips Tuesday: Buying a new or used carBack

CarbuyingWelcome to our new Tuesday feature focusing on providing our customers with some great tips to help make buying, owning and running a car a more straight-forward process.

If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely to be considering purchasing a new or used car, so take a look below at our top tips to make buying a vehicle a safer and easier process.

Be prepared

Make sure you’ve done some research before you part with your hard-earned cash. Don’t enter a showroom until you have a clear idea of what you’d like to spend and stick to it. Take time to source cars online that will suit your lifestyle, don’t let yourself be swayed into buying something that doesn’t meet your everyday needs.

Check the price

Always check the vehicle’s market value before a sale – you can do this by getting an online valuation or you can compare the price of a car with other similar models advertised on If you find that the car you’re interested in is being offered for a much lower price than others, always ask yourself why this might be the case and avoid making any hasty decisions.

Meet the dealer

There are plenty of online car classifieds available on the internet, meaning you can search for a new or used car from the comfort of your home should you wish, but we’d always recommend visiting the seller so you can physically check out the vehicle, see the documentation and take the car for a test drive as well as ask any additional questions before you make that all-important buying decision.

191211 10 Points of DifferenceIs it history checked?

Making sure the car you want to buy is history checked is one of the most important checks you can make. At, we can guarantee customers that all of our cars have been HPI or Experian checked to ensure they haven’t been lost or stolen, written off, clocked or are subject to outstanding finance. Furthermore, all of our cars comes with our 10 Points of Difference promise, providing customers with added peace of mind that the car they drive off the forecourt isn’t a dud.

Payment & paperwork

Wherever you buy your new or second-hand car from, make sure you have all the correct paperwork to hand. You need the original V5C document, the service history book and the MOT certificates before entering into any sale. Never pay for a vehicle until you physically collect it from the seller. If it’s a private sale, its safest to pay by banker’s draft. Cash payments cannot be tracked and are difficult to prove if things go wrong. Make sure you get a receipt signed by the seller.

Posted by Leana Kell on 07/10/2014