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Whether you’re after a cheap car to get you from A to B or a your dream vehicle, there is LOTS of choice on the second-hand market.

While owning a brand-new car can give you a sense of achievement, buying used can leave you with much more money in your pocket. When you’re thinking about buying or financing a car, you should always consider used vehicles. They hold much more value for money and are a cost-effective method of car ownership. New cars loose a huge percentage of their list price as soon as you drive it away!

What do I really need from a car?

Ask yourself why you want a car and what attributes you need from one before actually browsing for the ‘one’. What are your requirements? Do you want a diesel or a petrol? Automatic or manual? Do you need a big boot?

Knowing what you need is a great way to work out what’s realistic.

Get your finances in order beforehand

Know your budget and stick to it. Work out monthly payments that you can afford. There’s nothing worse than searching for a car, finding one you really love then realising that it’s too expensive. Don’t waste your time.

It’s good to check as many dealerships as possible.

You want to get the best deal on your second-hand car of choice. With UK Car Finance we can get you a car with a range of dealers. We can give you a lot more choice in comparison to going straight to the dealers individually. It also gives you more flexibility with money if you wanted to purchase something that was a little bit more expensive.

Make sure to test drive the vehicle of choice

Test-driving a car for some can be a stressful ordeal, so make sure you know what to look out for when you are. You should check that all lights are in working order, ensure the breaks are effective, that the handbrake works properly, does the clutch make a noise when pressing down? Is the biting point high? Remember to check the amount of space the car has.

All these factors should be considered to ensure that the car you are purchasing is still in good nick.

We hope you this helps you on your journey to finding a car!