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Buying a used car

When you’re buying a used car, you want the reassurance that you’re buying something that’s going to be reliable and not cost you more in the long term. Follow our buying guide and you shouldn’t put a foot wrong.

Keep an open mind

Spend some time thinking about what kind of car you need. If you’ve a growing family with an active lifestyle, you’ll need something spacious and flexible. All sorts of models could tick all the boxes, not just a particular make and model that you’ve taken a shine to. You could find a bargain by buying from a less well-known brand.

Shop on a clear day

Rain and poor light can conceal all sorts of paint scuffs and scratches. Make sure there’s ample light, the paintwork clear and you’ve got good access all around the car to give it a thorough inspection. Remember to check the tyres visually too.

Look at ongoing costs

Make sure you can afford to run it. All sorts of information is available online that will tell you about fuel economy, the road tax you can expect to pay, servicing costs and reliability. Get a quote from your insurer in advance, as well.

Ask to see the paperwork

A well cared-for car will typically come with lots of paperwork: evidence of service history, repairs, new parts, MOTs and the like. Check over the most recent MOT report (if it’s over three years old) for advisories as a clue to any future repair bills. If there’s no paperwork at all, walk away.

Buy from someone you trust

Your money is important, so don’t do anything that puts it in jeopardy. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts and ensure there’s a paper trail with receipts, registration documents and the like.


Head to Sturgess in Leicester to buy your next used car in confidence. Browse our current inventory of used models online today, or contact a member of the team to let us know your requirements.

Buying a used car