There are many options available to you if you’re looking for used cars for sale in Northumberland. Although buying brand new obviously has its advantages, you can miss out on the 40% depreciation drop seen by most new cars after just a year on the road by buying second-hand. The second-hand car market can seem intimidating, so getting advice from a more experienced friend or family member can be a great move. Someone well versed in buying used cars will be able to prevent you from making mistakes and completing a purchase you’ll come to regret later.
Don’t be scared to ask questions
Many drivers opt for buy from dealers as opposed to private sellers in order to be protected by the Sale of Goods Act. The Act means that a dealer will have to take a car back if you discover a fault not pointed out to you when you bought the car, yet you won’t get the same level of legal protection if you buy from a private seller. When you do head out to look at a car, make sure you get to examine it in dry and light conditions where faults cannot be hidden. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to.
Always take a test drive
Take a good look at the paperwork. Make sure the person or company selling you is named on the documents and that evidence of a full service history is on offer. Take the motor for a test drive and perform an emergency stop so you can see how it handles in a dangerous situation. If you’re feeling cautious, why not run a car history check so you can see whether the car has ever been involved in a crash or reported stolen?