Tips for Buying a Used Car

If you’ve been listening to the news lately, you’ll know that the used car marketing is heating up! Good quality used cars are at a premium at the minute due to shortages in supply. If you’re in need of a new used car though, don’t fret! We are still able to find one for you and will work with you to find what suits you and your lifestyle best.

We have such an amazing range of used car vehicles within our group. Whether you're looking for Jaguar,Land Rover, Volvo, Ford, Skoda, SEAT,or CUPRA, we've got you covered! None of those brands catch your eye? No problem, take a look at our luxury used car business Spirit Premium and Spirit Burton.

If you’re just about to start your used car journey, it can be a little daunting, particularly at times like these. Check out our top tips for buying a used car below to help you start your journey:

1. Buy from a reputable dealer

Always buy from a reputable dealer and check that they have been SIMI accredited. While you may think you’ll find a better deal somewhere else, the security you get from buying from somewhere reputable is invaluable. There are over 1200 dealers listed on SIMI and you can use their handy search function to find one that suits your needs.

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2. Full-Service history

Always buy a vehicle that comes with a full service history. This is vital as it gives you the knowledge and comfort of knowing your new car has been serviced appropriately. It’s also important to check that all services and works done to the car have been done by a reputable service dealer. This peace of mind is well worth the check. Remember, accredited service departments often have a warranty on their parts which is also great to know!

3. Reliable brand

We know budget is the main factor that influences decisions when buying a new used car, however, it is important to try to buy the best brand that is affordable for you. Think about things like parts availability and your resale value when it comes time to change again.

4. Ask about any accident history

It’s always a good idea to ask the seller about any accident history. You should be able to cross-check the service history to ensure this marries up!

5. Check for any outstanding finance

You should also ask the seller whether there is any outstanding finance on the vehicle – you don’t want to end up with any surprises!

Now you know what to look out for, why not explore our current used car listings! We have a multitude of brands to choose from and a range of different prices.

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