• Published: 22 December 2023

As we step into 2024, the used car market remains a dynamic field for potential buyers. With a diverse range of options and factors to consider, understanding how to navigate this market is crucial. In this blog, we'll explore expert tips and tricks to assist you in making a wise decision when buying a used car.

Understanding Market Trends: Stay Informed

2024 has seen a rise in electric and hybrid vehicles, along with traditional petrol and diesel cars. SUVs and family cars are also gaining popularity. Keeping up with these trends is essential for making an informed decision.

Setting Your Budget: Plan Wisely

Setting a realistic budget is your first step. This includes considering purchase price, insurance, tax, and maintenance costs. Online tools can help you calculate total ownership costs, aiding in financial planning.

In-Depth Research: Make Informed Choices

Conduct thorough research to identify the vehicle that meets your needs. Look into reviews, safety ratings, and common issues of your chosen models. Utilise resources like Parkers and Autotrader for comprehensive information.

Vehicle History and Documentation: Essential Checks

Always request a complete service history and perform a vehicle history check. This uncovers any past issues, accidents, or outstanding finance. Ensure the car's documents, like the V5C registration, are valid and match the vehicle details.

Thorough Inspection: Be Meticulous

Inspect the car personally or with a professional. Check for damage, wear and tear, and ensure all features function properly. Examining the car from all angles, including under the bonnet and the tyres, is imperative.

Test Drive: Experience the Car

A test drive helps assess the car’s performance and your comfort with it. Pay attention to handling, brakes, clutch, and any unusual sounds. Ensure the car feels right for you.

Negotiating the Price: Smart Bargaining

Use your research and inspection findings to negotiate the price. While haggling, stay realistic and respectful. Understanding the car’s value and condition strengthens your negotiating position.

Finalising the Purchase: Seal the Deal

Once satisfied, complete the paperwork correctly, ensuring you receive copies of all documents. If part-exchanging, be clear about the terms.

Post-Purchase Steps: Secure Your Investment

Post-purchase, arrange adequate insurance. Servicing the car post-purchase sets a maintenance baseline.

Empowered Car Buying

Navigating the used car market in 2024 is about being informed and prepared. By following these steps, you can confidently purchase a vehicle that suits your needs and budget. Happy car hunting!

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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/check-your-vehicle/

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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