One option for buying a used car is to go down the ‘approved used’ route; however, what does this actually mean, and what kinds of benefits does taking this approach have? Used approved cars effectively means buying a second hand car from an official dealership, rather than buying one privately; doing so can mean that you get a lot more assurances over the quality of a car, as well as after care and extended warranties that can help reduce some of the risks associated with private purchases.
Official dealerships like Toyota, Lexus, or BMW tend to sell on used cars only after they’ve been subjected to extensive quality checks and assurances on their mileage, service history and documents. Dealers will then pass on savings to buyers by setting a fair market price for a vehicle that’s been thoroughly checked over, and marketed in relation to the recommended retail price of cars of the same brand.
While you may be able to find the same car for less money through a private sale, buying used approved means that you have a lot more security in terms of financing, as well as flexible options for part exchange and hire purchase; dealerships also tend to include extended warranties with approved used sales, which means that you avoid the danger of buying a used car privately, and then being unable to find the seller if problems occur.
The rigorous checks carried by dealerships on approved cars consequently distinguish this purchase method from private sales, and can make it much easier to find a high quality, if still second hand model for your next car. Moreover, by going through a dealership, you can focus your attention onto one brand, and can enquire about parts and servicing in ways that you cannot with a private seller.
Other extra features that tend to be offered by approved used dealerships include European roadside assistance, and specialist warranties on paint damage and corrosion; some dealerships may also be able to provide you with accident after care and insurance for your used car, with the comprehensive service history and checks issued by a dealership making your vehicle less of a risk for insurance providers. Insurance policies taken out after buying an approved used cars can, then, be tailored to match up to the information provided by a dealership, with some dealers able to recommend trusted insurance companies.
In this context, buying an approved used car means being more selective about what kind of brand you want, and the level of attention that’s been paid to its roadworthiness, as well as to the financing options that are available for a specific model. By comparing dealerships online, and by taking the time to explore different financing, you can obtain more peace of mind than if you simply bought a car directly from a private seller.
Author Bio :
Eva Holmes is passionate about cars and motorsports, and tries to blog about them as much as she can. She’s had success with approved used cars in the past, and recently bought a Used Lexus at Inchcape Derby, which She’s looking forward to testing out over the Summer.