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THE JCB Group Guide to Purchasing Used Cars

THE JCB Group Guide to Purchasing Used Cars

The Guide to Purchasing Used Cars

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a new car, you’re faced with the big question: do you buy new or used? Both options have their pros and cons, so what are the contributing factors that will influence your decision? Here are some pros and cons from vehicle sales experts, JCB Group on what to look for when buying a used vehicle for sale in the UK.

The Pros of Purchasing a Used Car

No doubt you won’t be surprised to hear that the overriding factor that steers people towards purchasing a used car is cost, and quite rightly so. New cars depreciate in value as soon as they roll out of the car showroom, which means if you ever decide to sell your car, you won’t get anywhere near the price you paid for it. Purchasing a used car can help drastically reduce this loss.

If purchasing from a reputable UK used car dealer, you can assume the vehicle will be in decent condition. Good used car dealers carry out thorough checks on their vehicles before allowing them to be resold – everything from vehicle history and mileage will be verified, and the mechanics, bodywork and interior will undoubtedly be in good condition.

Purchasing a used car or commercial van also comes with many of the perks associated with buying a new vehicle. Extendable warranties and finance payments are available, and cars can be upgraded with the latest technology, such as iPod connectivity, satnav and parking sensors. Effectively, you could end up with a car that’s as good as new, without having to lay out the good-as-new price tag.

The Cons of Purchasing a Used Car

Purchasing a used car, or van for that matter, could mean it comes without a warranty, and even if it does, it may not be as good as one you’d get on a new car. Brand new cars also don’t require an MOT for the first three years of their life, and of course this is a benefit you’ll have to sacrifice if you decide to buy a used car.

Depending on how old the second-hand car is, it could be difficult to find replacement parts if anything breaks down or wares out – if you do find the parts, they could be costly, and then there’s the labour charges to consider, once again adding to the cost.

This naturally brings us to the fact that old cars do tend to have more issues and require more repairs than new cars. That doesn’t necessarily mean your old car will have problems however, as many car owners have lavished much time and attention on their beloved car, thereby helping to preserve the vehicle that much longer. Always check the mileage on a used car, just because it’s second-hand it doesn’t necessarily mean it has thousands of miles on the clock. .

It’s always sensible to use a reputable dealership when shopping for used cars. The JCB Group offers a large range of used cars in Kent, each of which is run through a rigorous range of tests before they’ll allow it into their used car inventory. Be sure to check them out if you’re looking to buy a second hand car in Kent, and the surrounding areas!

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