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Feb 08

4 Tips to Find a Secondhand Car at Short Notice

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Buying a car is a big decision. You need to shop around to find a vehicle that is practical, safe, as well as providing good value for money. In an ideal world you would look at multiple sources, test drive several models, and negotiate the best price possible. But sometimes you aren’t blessed with a huge amount of time.

Perhaps you have just had a car written off or stolen, and you need a new one as soon as possible. Maybe your work or living situation has suddenly changed and you can no longer rely on public transport to get by. Finding a suitable vehicle at short notice is not easy, but it is possible. By following these four tips you can track down your perfect car right away and be back on the road in no time.


Identify your criteria

The first step to finding a new car is to identify your selection criteria. This will help you to narrow down your search and avoid wasting time looking at cars that are outside your price range or are unsuitable for your needs. Start by looking at your budget and come up with a maximum figure you can afford to spend. Then create a list of essential criteria your vehicle must have. Depending on your needs and preferences, this might include four-wheel drive, a certain size of engine, cargo space, or Bluetooth functionality. Now you have a starting point to begin your search.


Visit a used car dealership

Simply Googling “used cars near me” will bring up a wide range of dealerships containing a plethora of second hand vehicles that might meet your needs. It’s worth paying a visit and talking to the salesperson about your requirements. They will help you find a car that is suitable and allow you to test drive a few options. If you like what you find, you may be able to drive it away that very same day. Just make sure you don’t let them know how desperate you are, as they may use this to drive up the price.


Go online

If you don’t have time to browse around the dealerships, the internet is a great place to look for cars. Local Facebook groups can be a very lucrative way of searching for second hand vehicles in your area. A relatively new phenomenon is used car websites that allow you to select a vehicle and have it delivered to you without even needing to leave your house. These come with guarantees to protect you in case of breakdown and can make the process so much quicker and stress-free.


Get your paperwork ready

Once you have found and paid for your car, the only thing holding you back is the paperwork. You will need to insure your new vehicle, as well as making sure it is properly taxed and registered. Get this done as quickly as possible, and have all the necessary details to hand once you have paid for your car. With luck, you’ll be up and running without a delay.



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