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  • Published: 27 February 2020

5 TIPS WHEN BUYING A USED CAR

 1.Buy a used car at least 1 year old

When buying a brand new car you are subject to VAT. This means an additional 20% on that vehicle (included in purchase price). So buying a car at least 1 year old saves you 20% on VAT and saves you money on depreciation. 

2. Always do your homework

When looking for a used car, you should always do your homework on the dealership your buying from. Google reviews are a great way to get an honest view on the dealership as negative reviews can't be removed. 

3. Questions to ask when viewing the car:

We recommend asking the following when buying a used car -

"Does it have full service history?" - This means the car has been serviced at its regular intervals.

"What condition is the vehicle in?" - You want to ensure the car doesn't have bodywork defects which could be a sign of misuse. 

"Has the car been maintained?" - If the car doesn't have a full service history, have past owners still carried out maintenance? 

4. HPI Check

Make sure a HPI check is carried out and supplied by the dealer on purchase. A HPI check proves there is no outstanding finance against the car, that the mileage is correct, it is not stolen and ensures that is isn't a CAT D, C or total loss. 

5. Completing the sale

When you purchase your car make sure it comes with 12 months MOT and serviced if due. You should also ensure the car comes with a minimum of 3 months or 3000 miles warranty as standard. We recommend purchasing extended warranty which should be offered by the dealer. 

It is always good practice to see if the dealership has a workshop at thepremises as any issues with the car can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

- Spencer Gray

Transport For London

Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

Minimum emission standards

Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

Information from Transport For London

Check this car on the TFL website before purchasing: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/vrm-checker-ulez

Spencers Car Sales

At Spencers Car Sales we charge an admin fee of £50 when you purchase a used vehicle from us. The admin fee pays towards the preparation of your new car, to make sure it’s safe and immaculate when you drive it away.

Admin fee is charged as listed below:

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We are observing government guidelines and we are pleased to be able to offer home deliveries. Just click 'BUY IT NOW' on any of our vehicles and we will arrange a convenient time to deliver the vehicle to your door. If you would like any extra photos or a walk around video of any car, we are more than happy to help. So please get in touch via our website, whatsapp, email or by calling 01603 266000.