Buying a used car from a dealer is less risky than buying privately because you have more consumer rights if the car shows serious faults later.
Many of our top tips above apply when negotiating with dealers over used cars.
Buying a used car privately will usually get you a better deal than when buying through a dealer.
Private sellers are often keen for a quick sale and so more likely to be open to haggling.
They might have already seen a car they want to buy and are under pressure to sell their old car.
Or perhaps they’ve already bought another car and have to run two cars until they sell their old one.
Whichever way you buy a used car, you’ll have more bargaining points than with a new car.
- technical faults
- tyres in borderline condition
- an incomplete service history or MOT
- damage to the car such as dents or chips
- the car being due for expensive cam belt change.
If possible, try to find out how long the seller has been marketing the car.
Have they had a sign up in the window for a while?
Or advertised it in the local paper for a week already, or had it on a site such as Auto Trader for a month?
If you haven’t already decided how you’re going to pay for your car, find out about your options as soon as possible.
If you have problems with your car, your consumer rights might be influenced by how you paid for it.
This is an important consideration.