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How can I be sure I’m paying the right price for a used car?

For most buyers, knowing they're paying the right price is crucial, but the good news is it's easy to check they are.

Words by: First published: 10th July 2015
One of the most common worries in the showroom is whether you’re paying a good and fair price for the car you’re buying. Happily, it’s quite easy to work this out, and the internet is your new best friend.

From the comfort of your sofa, you can shop all over the country for a car that’s identical to the one you’re buying.

For a start, have a look at Auto Trader’s website, and see if anyone is selling a car that’s the same as what you want. Then, scour the web using your favourite search engine.

Once you have all these figures to hand, you can soon see if your dealer is offering you a decent price. If they’re not, use the figures as the first salvo in your bargaining to make sure you get one.
  • Top tip – Don’t be worried about playing one dealer off against another