More and more used cars are hitting the Cardiff market. With most brand new cars losing around 40% of their value after twelve months of use, it’s no surprise to see so many drivers opting for second-hand vehicles. Second-hand cars can last for years before they need to be replaced, and they’re usually cheaper to insure than their brand new counterparts too. Before you head out to the forecourts, it’s a good idea to draw up a shortlist of five or six models that you know will suit you. Always make sure that you’ll be able to afford the tax, insurance and fuel costs attached to a car before you sing on the dotted line, or you may find yourself stuck with a motor that you cannot actually afford to run.
Ask all the questions you need to
Have you bought a second-hand car before? If not, it could be wise to ask a more experienced friend or family member to help you. They should be able to point you in the right direction and prevent you from making a deal that you’ll come to regret later. Do make sure you view any car in dry and light conditions where faults cannot be masked before you agree to a purchase and don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you deem to be relevant.
The value of the Sale of Goods Act
It’s sensible to buy from a dealer rather than a private seller as you’ll have more legal comeback if you later discover a fault that wasn’t pointed out to you when you bought the car due to the Sale of Goods Act. Most dealers will realise that it’s in their best interests to treat you fairly as they’ll be part of trade associations that they won’t want to be removed from. There are many good reasons for buying a used car.