Advertisement: Decoding Deals- Guide to Purchasing a Used Car Without Breaking the Bank

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Buying a used car is often a cost-effective option for motorists, certainly compared to purchasing a brand-new car. That said, cars are big-ticket items that can place household finances under strain. What should you do to ensure your next car purchase doesn’t break the bank? Read on to find out.

Set Your Budget

Don’t find a car you like the look of and then set your budget accordingly. Instead, search for cars that are up to and including the top price you want to pay. Knowing what is affordable will allow you to compare different models of used cars on a like-for-like basis. Remember that the older a car is, the less expensive it is likely to be but this may mean you won’t get that many years of use out of your vehicle.

Buy From Reputable Dealers

You might be tempted to buy from a private seller if you can find the right deal. However, this is often a false economy because most private sellers don’t have a professional reputation to maintain. Good second-hand car dealers, on the other hand, will want to keep their customers happy. The best ones also provide limited warranties against any cars they sell. For example, you can explore a premium selection of used cars in Brighton at KAP Motors for a reliable and satisfying driving experience. Dial 01273 748484 to schedule a test drive.

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Check the Car’s DVLA Status

It won’t break the bank to check on the legal status of any car you are thinking about buying because the online DVLA checker is free to use. Enter the license plate number and see if the car has an MOT and is legal to drive on the road before you buy.


Be prepared to walk away from a used car purchase if the asking price is a little too high. There are plenty of second-hand cars to choose from, after all. Sellers will usually offer a better price or another kind of inducement, such as having it professionally serviced or valeted for you, to close a deal.


In summary, buying a used car isn’t something that should mean spending the maximum amount you can afford. Research what sort of cars are in your price bracket and then opt for the best models in that range. Try to avoid finance deals, if you can, because the interest will only push the price of car ownership up

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