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Buying a used car

All you need to know about buying a second-hand car from dealers and private sellers, what to look for on a test drive and doing the deal

Advice 1 month ago

How to spot a flood-damaged car

Floods have caused chaos in recent years, and it's possible that flood-damaged cars could make it on to the used car market, but following our tips should help you steer clear of a potentially dangerous buy.
Advice 2 months ago

Should I buy a new, nearly new or used car?

Our research has shown that many car buyers don’t worry about whether they want a new or a used car, all they’re concerned with is getting their next car. So, what are the pros and cons of new, nearly new and used cars?
Advice 2 months ago

How to use Auto Trader’s Owner Reviews

Looked at alongside Auto Trader’s Expert Reviews and First Drives, our collections of thousands of Owner Reviews will give you the complete picture of what any car you might be interested in is like to live with.
Feature 6 months ago

Best first cars for under £2,000

Don't think that you'll have a limited choice when you buy your first car. On the contrary, with a budget of £2,000, you can have pretty much whatever sort of car you fancy
Advice 1 year ago

Where is the best place to buy a used car?

Used-car buyers have plenty of choice where to buy their next used car, and each place has its pros and cons. No one choice will be right for everyone, but whether you want a good price, good service or excellent back-up, you have the option.
Advice 1 year ago

Tips on buying a used car safely

Watch our short film to see Auto Trader's Editor-in-chief Jon Quirk guide you through three top tips that will help ensure that you stay safe when you're buying a used car
Advice 1 year ago

Top tips to stay safe online

Buying a vehicle can be a safe and straightforward process, as long as you take these few simple steps to protect yourself
Advice 1 year ago

Do I need a vehicle history check?

With a third of all used cars having something to hide, finding out about the history of a potential purchase could be vitally important.
Advice 1 year ago

How do I look for faults on a used car?

There’s an awful lot to think about with a used car, but taking your time before you buy could save you an awful lot more trouble and pain further on down the line.
Advice 1 year ago

How do I test drive a used car?

Test driving a used car is very different to testing a new car. Of course, you need to check that the car meets your needs, but you also need to check that it is in decent condition.
Advice 6 years ago

Moderation Rules for Owner Reviews

We check all reviews before publishing them. Knowing what's allowed will give you the best chance of ensuring your review is passed first time

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Buying a used car

All you need to know about buying a second-hand car from dealers and private sellers, what to look for on a test drive and doing the deal