You've decided to used car trading, but where should you buy them?
Through the advantages and disadvantages of different types of sellers, we list some noteworthy things, and where is the most suitable for your needs.
Used car trading from dealers, independent garage or driveway dealers
If you're nervous about buying a used car, it's easier to start with a dealer or dealer, because private buying often requires more car knowledge.
First, let's understand what the concept of a trader means, because it can change a lot
Traders are defined as people who act for purposes related to their trade, business, craft or occupation, which means that they can be a single person buying and selling cars in their driveway, or a franchisee selling new cars or new cars.
The difference between these traders is the level of preparation and after-sales support, and you will also need to pay these cost premiums - larger business, more resources, and the more overhead you need to pay, which will increase your costs.
The franchisee is the largest end, the other end is a one person Lane dealer, and the middle is usually a separate garage.
Things need to be considered
Major dealers or repair shops may conduct strict checks on used car trading and provide good warranty (usually 6 months or 12 months).
While this will bring a price - increasing the direct cost of buying a car - it can provide you with priceless reassurance that the car has been thoroughly inspected and covered by warranty.
Buying from a lane trader can save you these upfront costs are higher, but it may prove to be a wrong economy car. The car may cost you more maintenance. It's very likely that this person did more to give the car a quick wash after it from auction, remember.
Although all legitimate traders must comply with the Consumer Bill of rights, this means that you may have the right to repair, replace or refund if the vehicle is considered to be "unsuitable" or "of satisfactory quality" - acting on this may prove to be a headache if the seller is unethical.
You may have to act quickly because you refuse the vehicle's right and ask for a full refund because a fault is usually limited to the first 30 days and your right is changed after the date of this date.
It is also worth noting that according to the road traffic Act 1988, no one can sell a car or trailer when it is not suitable to be on the road. You can read more about it in our buyer's rights section.
How to decide
Think about what you want and what you need this car for.
If the car is an investment - maybe your home car for the next 10 years - then the security you get from the garage makes sense.
But if it's 500 in between, and upfront costs are your biggest consideration, it might make sense to sacrifice the guarantee for the cheapest possible price.
Independent garages vary in size (and quality), but are usually for car sales in the middle market - that is, cars that are too old for major dealers but have not yet entered the cheap car market.
The advantage of independent garages is that they are usually very concerned about their reputation and can find out how happy their former customers are by searching the Internet.
But be careful that some people don't have to do a lot of work to prepare the car for sale, and make sure to read the terms and conditions of any warranty they offer - they don't always deserve what they write on paper.
If you decide to buy from a dealer, our approved dealer network can help you buy with confidence.