Tips on buying a used car – your questions answered

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 3 weeks ago

When is the best time of year to buy a car?

The cost of a car is rarely final, and there are bargains to be had if you’re prepared to negotiate or wait for a deal. But when is the best time to shop for your next car?
Advice 1 month ago

What’s a Category S or Category N car?

Category C and D cars are changing to Category S and N cars from 1 October 2017. Just because a car has been 'written off', it doesn't necessarily mean you should reject buying it.
Advice 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

Should I negotiate when buying a used car?

Dealers want more transparency and trust in the market, so an increasing number of cars are being priced at market value from the outset. However, there may still be times when you need to negotiate.
Advice 1 month 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

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

Our research has shown 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?
Feature 2 years ago

Best first cars for under £2,000

Don't think 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

How to spot a flood-damaged car

Floods have caused chaos in recent years, and it's possible 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 1 year ago

How to use Auto Trader’s Owner Reviews

Looked at alongside Auto Trader’s Expert Reviews, our collection 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.
Best Of 2 months ago

Best car gadgets; now and in the future

Everyone loves a gadget, and car manufacturers are constantly falling over themselves to satisfy buyers demands. We take a look at the cleverest - and wackiest - gimmicks on offer.
Nissan Juke Best Of 3 months ago

The best used cars

Our pick of some of the best value used cars you can get for less than £5,000
Advice 1 year ago

How to buy a car at an Independent Dealer

We know that some potential buyers are put off by the image of independents, but that’s not fair, as Vicki Butler-Henderson found when she visited the award-winning AZ Autos in Hertfordshire.

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