Preowned cars - a dream or nightmare?

Preowned cars are generally the first consideration when thinking of buying a car and this can be for a variety of reasons. If the car is being bought for a young or learner driver, it makes more sense to buy a Preowned car rather than splashing out on a brand new one and the same rules might apply during the purchase of a second family car. As cars depreciate so quickly in value, buying a brand new car isn't as attractive in today's climate as it used to be.

Also the high cost of insurance and road tax mean that many people are actually downsizing their vehicles to a more budget friendly version. Preowned cars can either be a bargain buy or a bottomless pit of money and it's up to you to ensure that you make the wisest decision for you.

One of the basic rules of thumb is that you always bring a mechanic with you when checking out and test driving a potential purchase. This by no means guarantees a perfect buy but it's definitely a step in the right direction and, speaking of rights, know them. Check out if the car comes with any kind of warranty and service history. The more information you have, the safer you are.

A lot of websites offer to track the history of any car for a small fee and that can tell you if the car still has finance owing on it, if it was crashed or even if it was used as a taxi and this information can prove invaluable in determining the cars true worth.

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