If you are in the market for a used car, then asking prices may surprise you. Inflation has affected many markets over the course of the last couple of years and the used car sector is among them. That said, if you are interested in second hand cars then we recommend you choose your dream pick of used car from KAP Motors Brighton. They are credible and offer great prices. However, wherever you choose to purchase your next car from, try to stick to the following advice to save money in the long run.
- Buy Outright If You Can
Buying a car with credit will cost you more over time. If you can possibly afford to do so, save for the entire sum and buy it outright. If that’s not possible, then borrow the smallest sum you can by maximising your deposit or by purchasing a cheaper model.
- Inspect the Tyres
Have a good look at any second hand car’s tyres. The last thing you want to do is to have to replace them a couple of weeks after making a purchase. Even worse, insufficient tyre tread could lead to you facing a costly fine.
- Compare Pricing
If you think the asking price for your car might be a little high, then look for similar models online. Those of a similar age, trim level and mileage should inform you as to whether the price is good or not. Remember to compare similar models by different manufacturers, not necessarily exactly the same ones.
- Extend the Warranty
Many car dealers will offer 12 months warranty with a used car sale with no additional cost. That’s a good reason not to purchase from a private seller, of course. In addition, consider buying an extension to the warranty. Doing so could save you a great deal.
- Check the Service History
Always have a look at what servicing the car has undergone since it was new. Check any car over three years of age has undergone an MOT. Cars without full service histories should be that much more affordable to buy since you may face some maintenance costs from minor issues that haven’t yet been dealt with.
- Make an Offer
You do not have to pay the asking price when you purchase a used car. If you are not sure where to pitch a bid, then simply ask the seller if there is any negotiating room in the price and see what they say. If the answer is ‘no’, then there’s nothing to stop you making an offer anyway.
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