New drivers tend to be the ones that typically buy a used car as opposed to a brand new flash car (unless they are fortunate to have rich parents). Many will agree that this is not the case for most middle classed teenagers and those with sensible parents will face the brunt of having to work hard for a car of their own. A first-time driver will normally avoid buying a brand new car that may cost them a fortune initially. Therefore the next best option would be to buy a good quality used car.
The tricky thing about getting a hold of used cars is finding one that is good value for money and one that will let you down whilst travelling in the middle of a busy motorway. Traditionally, the driver should look out for something that can take them from point A to point B with as little or no problems as possible. Of course there is no doubt in one's mind that unpredictable complications may arise and this is just part-and-parcel of life's little surprises! However we can control how we choose what to drive through careful research and time for viewing.
The first thing you will need to consider when looking for new or used cars is your budget - how much can you really afford to pay and will be able to afford the insurance cover that goes with it? Furthermore you will need to consider other expenses such as tax and finance cover, which are all important factors for when buying a used car. One can buy a used car that has an almost new feeling for just a fraction of the price that they would pay for a new car.
Most used cars dealership will suggest otherwise to you, but the best places to approach is a retail dealer that is established and holds a good reputation for their services. A good used car dealership will always offer good quality cars and a chance to test drive them before purchasing. They will also provide any relevant information you need to maintain your car for longer term usage. Most importantly of all are they will take care of any paperwork required for the purchase process.
In terms of pricing, when it comes to used cars you will normally get what you pay for, which means if you are looking for the cheapest possible deal you are more than likely not to find something that is near to pristine condition. The chances are if you pay for something that is 'dirt cheap' then it will not perform as well as you would like it to. However, on the flipside that is not to say that one should pay an extortionate amount of money on a brand new car, but to take careful consideration of the following points when selecting a car.
Always check the body work. Check for any signs of rusting, any scratches to the paintwork, any dents that appear obvious and furthermore check for damages that may have been caused from an accident. Whilst checking the exterior, always meticulously check the interior of the car. This includes seeing how clean it is damage to the seating or upholstery and be sure to determine how the damages, if any, have been caused (everyday wear and tear or deliberate inclusions).
As mentioned previously you should always take your car for a test drive and determine how well it would drive on the road. Listen to the engine for any unusual noises, check that the brakes are responsive, check the balance of the steering wheel being sure that it does not swerve when driving in a straight line and be doubly sure that wheels do not need realigning (any minor faults that need improving will accrue extra costs and expenditure). With used cars, this is especially important and could be very expensive.
A good used car dealership will include a warranty upon purchase of the car, so be sure never to leave without one. This can cover you for up to two years; therefore make sure you go over what the warranty entails and always double check the length of the warranty. Never sign anything until you are 100% clear on every minute detail.
Anna Stenning is an expert on knowing what to find when shopping for used cars.