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The survey, conducted by Manheim Auctions, found that nearly one third of all respondents mentioned that they regretted buying their vehicle because it was unreliable, with 24 per cent claiming that their second-hand car broke down shortly after they bought it.
Another concern from motorists was that they found the car they purchased was expensive to run. Almost 15 per cent of people felt they were paying too much in running costs, with nearly 11 per cent admitting that they felt they had actually paid too much for the car.
When purchasing a second hand car, it is vital to always do your homework before you enter the forecourt to make sure that you get the best deal you can. Don’t be afraid to question dealers about the running costs of the car you are interested in so that you can get an accurate idea of how much you’ll pay before you make the sale.
When it comes to negotiating a price, take a look at reference guides such as CAP or GlassGuide.co.uk to ascertain an accurate valuation for the car you are considering buying, so that when you are able to negotiate confidently with the dealer or private seller.
At Trusted Dealers, our team of sales experts are on hand all day, every day to make sure that you obtain the best used car for the right price. What’s more, we offer our customers our unique 10 Points of Difference which means that all of our cars have been HPI or Experian checked to make sure they are not lost or stolen, providing you with added peace of mind before you leave the forecourt.
The 10 Points of Difference also includes a number of checks which we guarantee will be made to each of our second-hand cars, before they are sold on to the customer. Checks include theft and write off, outstanding finance and mileage, and we also offer a full pre-delivery inspection and warranty.
Andy Cullwick, Head of Marketing at Manheim Auctions said: “Research is key to buying any car, as is buying from a reputable source whether it is an auction, car supermarket or dealer. The internet is great for information gathering and for researching running costs including insurance, fuel consumption as well as service and repair costs. Don’t necessarily avoid high mileage cars; these tend to be ex fleet cars that have been well maintained and regularly serviced and may still have the remainder of the original warranty in place.”