5 Benefits of Buying a Used Car That You Might Have Overlooked

The used car market is a varied and fertile place, particularly in the United Kingdom. We love a good bargain here and we’ve got a soft spot for our vehicles, so it makes perfect sense. Every year, lots of drivers choose to avoid the hefty price tags and rapid depreciation associated with brand new cars and buy second hand instead.

There are plenty of used cars for sale all over the UK, so if you are on the hunt for a great deal, local car sales would be a good place to start for example if you are living in Essex you would be looking in nearby towns. Just make sure that you know what you’re looking for, what you’re willing to compromise on, and how you’re planning to check for quality. Don’t forget to ask for all the necessary paperwork and remember that you should always take a used car for a test drive.

This guide to some of the biggest benefits of going second hand, as opposed to buying brand new, will give you some inspiration.

Cheap Tax/Registration Fees

Brand new models are always more expensive to tax and register. If you opt for a slightly older, second hand vehicle, you’ll knock a substantial amount of the fees just by virtue of it being a less sophisticated car. In many cases, vehicle taxes are determined according to the current retail value of the car. Much older cars may even be subject to discounted taxes, but it is best to check all of this for yourself before you agree to a sale.

Supplementary Features

One benefit of buying used which is often overlooked is the fact that some second hand cars already have a lot of additional features. Things like sun roofs, leather seats, audio systems, LCD monitors, and inbuilt navigational tools cost a small fortune to acquire when a vehicle is fresh off the production line. However, once it has aged a little and the features have been superseded by cutting edge mod cons, they won’t add much to its second hand price.

Cheaper Parts and Repairs

Finally, it is worth noting that repairing a used car is much easier than fixing a brand new one. It is significantly cheaper too, because the parts are readily available and don’t have to be sourced from official retailers. Depending on the make and model, you can buy car parts online, at automotive markets, or from salvage yards. This keeps costs low and ensures that general maintenance doesn’t become unaffordable. 

Smaller Insurance Fees

When browsing used cars for sale in Essex, remember that you’re likely to benefit from some insurance perks by going second hand. Once again, it costs a lot more to insure a brand new vehicle, for obvious reasons. The shinier and newer the car, the bigger the risk to the insurer if it gets into a collision. When switching from one used car to another, you might find that your premium doesn’t increase at all or only rises by a negligible amount. As long as the vehicle doesn’t have a lien on it, you can stick with comprehensive coverage only.

No Waiting Period

Often, when a person buys a brand new vehicle from a forecourt, they don’t get to drive it home right away. This might be how they do it in the movies, but it wouldn’t be very helpful for the dealer if customers drove away the one or two versions of a model kept on the lot. So, it is common to have to wait a while. On the other hand, when you buy used, the transaction is quick and straightforward. Normally, you can drive the car home on the same day. 

For more help and advice on finding used cars for sale in Essex or surrounding areas, visit Alresford Garage. Or, call 01206 822 875 to get directions.   

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