Tips for buying a used car

If you are looking for your next car, there are a few things that you should consider. If you’re already clued up on the kind of car you want – wonderful news! But if you aren’t sure what you should go for, read on to find out our top tips for buying a used car…


How big or how small does your car need to be? Who will be hopping inside? Whether you need a seven-seater for the whole family, or if it is just you and your better half, think about the size of your next car. If you opt for one that is too large, you could be wasting petrol and negotiating tricky car parking spaces unnecessarily. Buying a car that is too small could see you doing multiple trips to transport everything you need.


Are you a commuter? Or will you just be nipping to and from the town centre? Think about where you are going and how often you will be going there. This is a key thing to consider when looking at things like average MPG and how economical the car is.


Setting a firm budget is vital. Whether it’s a flat figure or monthly repayment, you need to make sure you are sticking to what you can afford. It can be oh-so-tempting to stray from your budget when you set foot in a showroom, but it will become a hindrance in the long run, especially if it isn’t reasonable for you. Stay firm!


Consider the maintenance costs of your next car. Is the motor you’re dreaming of notorious for spending more time in the garage than on the road? Look at things like parts costs and how much tyres are to replace; you will get a full overview of the cost of the car then – as opposed to the drive away cost.

There are just a few of our tips. If you are looking for your next car and need to sell your current car in Essex, get in touch with the team at Essex Car Buyer who will be able to help you.