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6 Clever Tips and Tricks for Buying a Used Car

Buying a second-hand car for the first time can be a little intimidating. You are bound to worry about whether it is as safe a purchase as a brand new vehicle. It is even natural to wonder if it is easier to get ripped off when buying used. Yet, all you have to do to ease your concerns is look at how common it is for people to go ‘second hand.’

The second-hand car market is huge. All over the country, people buy preloved vehicles without any hiccups, because the basic rules are the same. The only difference is that, instead of trusting a dealer to inspect the vehicle, you do it yourself. If you ask plenty of questions, get the right paperwork, and check the car thoroughly, there is no reason to worry.

The best advice is to find an established dealer with full workshop facilities that has a good reputation, look at testimonials and ask other people if they have dealt with them before.

With that in mind, read these tips for getting a great deal on used cars for sale in Ipswich.

Buy At the Right Time

Most people are not aware that there are good and bad times to buy used. The best period to start looking for a second-hand vehicle is from August to November. Around this time, a lot of new models appear at the dealerships, so fickle owners are keen to offload their existing ones. Another age old trick is to visit the dealerships during the week. Weekends are very busy, and salespeople are not in any rush to negotiate.

Don’t Be In a Rush

Whether you are buying new or browsing used cars for sale in Colchester, take it slow. Don’t let a seller pressure you into a deal that you are not sure is right. Good companies that specialise in second-hand vehicles do not try to create a false sense of urgency. They want buyers to feel comfortable and informed at every step of the process.

Bring a Friend

It is a really great tip if you do not feel knowledgeable enough on your own. Take an experienced friend, who knows a reasonable amount about cars, along with you to viewings. That way, you can make sure that your dealer is giving you accurate and valuable information.

Request a Test Drive

You should always ask to test drive a used car. If there is nothing to hide about the vehicle, there should be no problem. Testing is crucial because you cannot tell everything about a car from the outside. You might get in and dislike the handling or feel what you think might be a fault. Once again, take an experienced friend along if you are not confident on your own.

Consider a Dealership

The difference between a dealership with used cars for sale in Colchester and an individual seller is that there are fewer protections in place. Lots of people complete private transaction without any problem, but it is safer to use an established company. Unlike with a stranger, you can just return to the dealership if your car develops a problem.  

Get All the Paperwork

It is vital, whether you opt for a dealership or a private sale, that you check all the necessary paperwork. This includes the service history, the VC5 registration paper, and the most recent MOT certificate. These documents should be passed on to you as part of the transaction. Hold on to them. File them away with your records or other valuable items.

For more information on used cars for sale in Ipswich, visit Alresford Garage today. Or, call 01206 822 875 to get directions to your nearest local dealership.  

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