Category: Car Buying

Cars 4 You

Welcome to Not to be confused with any other websites of a similar name. Here we have all the information about cars. Learning to drive, servicing, repairs, car loans and more.

Buying your first car

Buying your first car is a big step and you want to make sure you don’t make any mistakes and end up buying a duffer! There are numerous options for car buying that you can look into.

Buying new from a main dealer

Buying new is the lowest risk in terms of buying any car. Your car will be backed by a full manufacturers warranty which will normally last for  or 3 or even up to 6 years depending on the manufacturer and the mileage that you do. Of course most people will find that buying a brand new  car is way too expensive! Also, most people are likely to have a bit of a scrape or two in the first year of driving, so having a brand new car is not going to be the best option.

Buying second hand from a main dealer

As well as selling brand new cars, most main dealers sell used cars that are up to 2 or 3 years old. These are liely o be cars that have a reasonably low mileage, well maintained and in goofd condition. You will get the balance of the manufacturers warranty as well as a a more limited warranty from the dealer themselves eg 3 months.

Buying second hand from a non-main dealer

While main dealers are monitored and backed by the manufacturer that they are associated with, anyone can set themselves up as a car dealer. There are trade associations that should help to maintain reasonable standards, but there is no requirement to belong and the only real body who will intervene are the local trading standards. So if you want to but from a second hand car dealer, it is wise to get some background information. Hopefully they are a local business to where you live so you know how long they have been in business and what kind of reputatation they have locally. With second hand car dealers it’s wise to get other peoples views on the dealer. Also it is wise to get someone who knows something about cars to have alook over any car that you are thinking of purchasing.

Buying privately

Buying privately has become much less popular in recent times. You have no comeback if there is anything wrong with the vehicle. The latin phrase “caveat emptor” – buyer beware operates in the case of private sales. You should definiotely ensure that you get a qualified mechanic to look over a car before you buy privately. make sure that you see details of the service history and past MoT certificates that will help you to verify the mileage and what work has been done on the car.

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