A number of reputable companies are dealing in reliable used cars in Hertfordshire. One of the most commonly-cited reasons for buying second-hand cars is the need to avoid the big value drop seen by most brand new vehicles after just a year on the road. If you are keen to buy a used car but don’t know where to start with scouring the market, why not enlist the support and guidance of a trusted and more experienced friend or family member?

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What should you look for?

When you are looking for used cars, you should target vehicles that have been treated well by their owners. You should also make sure you can afford the tax, insurance, fuel and maintenance costs. There’s little point in buying a car you cannot afford to run even if the price tag does seem right. Take a long look at the paperwork to make sure everything you’ve been told about the vehicle is backed up by the documents and ask as many questions as you feel you need to. If something does seem too good to be true, it may be best to walk away and look for alternatives.

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Take fewer risks

Buying from a private seller can be risky. Although some people do report satisfaction after buying from private sellers, you won’t be protected by the Sale of Goods Act if you do obtain one in this way, and could be stuck with a faulty car you have paid a significant price for. Most dealers are part of trade networks and they don’t want to risk being removed from them by failing to treat you with care and respect. If you approach the market sensibly, you have a good chance of driving away having made a purchase you won’t come to regret later.

Take fewer risks

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