Not many of us are lucky enough to be able to buy a brand-new car – and even if we could, most of us are too sensible to write off 50% of its value in the first three years.
This leaves us to buy from the sharks’ pool that is the second-hand car market. Few places are more dangerous, uncharted and likely to leave you penniless and heartbroken.
Fear not, though because we are here to help, based on years of buying dodgy cars, dealing with rogue garages and shifty salesmen.
We can’t promise that our guide will absolutely guarantee that you won’t buy a lemon – but it will reduce the likelihood.
The webuyanycar TV advert is one of the most irritating, but memorable, we’ve seen in recent years. You know how it went….we buy any car dot com any make any model etc etc etc….. They attempted, and largely succeeded, in making consumers believe that their approach to buying your old car is more approachable and open than the traditional alternatives like selling privately or part-exchanging it with a car dealer.
This must be a good thing, surely? After all, selling your car is one of the most stressful transactions you will ever be involved in and anything that makes it easier has to be a good thing, doesn’t it?
Buying a second-hand car is stressful; you worry about finding the right car and then getting ripped off when you buy it. You’ve then got to find the money to pay for it, insure it, tax it – and then you’ll see an identical car for sale the following week that’s way cheaper than yours was…
Yep, it’s stressful, that’s for sure. But we are here to help.
One of the biggest concerns is around reliability. You’ve splashed out far more than you can really afford – and if anything goes bang then you’re in trouble. So your thoughts turn to buying a warranty for your new pride and joy. Easy-peasy, eh? Just get one through the car who sold you the car and the job’s done.
Follow our 8 handy tips when buying a used car warranty and you’ll end up with a warranty for your car that’ll suit your needs AND your budget.