We always advise buyers to look at the used car market. Many are suspicious at first; they still worry about mileage tampering and dodgy dealers. Take it from us, it’s a whole new world out there. The second-hand market is no longer full of old bangers. Instead, you’ll find a phenomenal range of reliable cars from reputable dealers. Modern cars are built better and last longer. Choosing a used car is no longer a big risk. So, we’ve convinced you to try the second-hand market. How do you snatch a bargain deal? image Research and knowledge When it comes to buying a car, knowledge is power. Arm yourself with research, and it’s very difficult to get talked into a purchase you’re unhappy with. With lots of research, you can narrow down the field before you even step into the showroom. You can get a sense of what’s out there, and you’ll learn how to spot a bargain when you see one. Understand the market, and learn the various car specifications on offer. Make sure you know what’s right for you. Choose the right dealer As we mentioned before, there are now thousands of reputable second-hand dealers. You’ll now get the same professional service from used showrooms as you do at brand new dealers. Best of all, there is so much choice on offer. You can start your search online, before heading to the dealership. You could even brave the private market where you’ll find the best bargains of all. Do your used car checks There is one downside to buying a used car; that’s the uncertainty of its past. When you buy a brand new car, there are no previous owners to worry about. You know the car is in perfect condition. That’s not always the case when you buy second-hand. Therefore, you need to perform a variety of used car checks to determine the true condition of the car. Look under the bonnet, and check the fluids and filters. Check the car tyres, and look for tampering on the mile clock. Take it for a test-drive Remember, appearances can be deceiving. You must never buy a used car without testing it out on the road. This is the only way to get a true sense of the vehicle. We recently took a used Seat Ibiza for a test drive from Currie Motors. By doing this, we could tell the car was in great condition. We were listening for dodgy noises and faults in the engine. Most importantly, you’re looking for comfort and drivability. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably because it’s not! Haggle! Now for the trickiest part of all, negotiating. Many car buyers find it difficult to haggle with their dealer, but it’s an essential part of the process. Statistics show that most buyers who ask for a discount usually get one. Hold your ground, and start with a low offer. You’ll indulge in a little back-and-forth before settling somewhere in the middle. There you have it! With this advice, you’ll drive away with a bargain used car in great condition. What more could you ask for?