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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

When buying a used car, it's important to ask the right questions. We asked Dean, General Manager of AvailableCar Leeds about what to look for when buying a used car.


At AvailableCar, we want to give our customers complete peace of mind when you buy from any of our car supermarkets. To help you find the perfect car, we give all of our staff training to become FCA accredited so they can advise you on the finance options we have available.

If you're part exchanging, they'll be able to help you determine the part exchange value of your existing vehicle, on which we pay any outstanding finance

Car Finance

We have several options for monthly repayments on a used car from AvailableCar including Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) and Hire Purchase (HP).

If you're browsing online, you can use our convenient finance calculator on any vehicle listing to determine how much money the vehicle itself could cost you on a monthly basis. This doesn't take into account running costs such as road tax, maintenance or fuel/ charging, the price of which can fluctuate. You'll also need to consider the cost of insurance on the vehicle.

HPI check

All vehicles at AvailableCar undergo an HPI check when they're brought into our stock. An HPI check tells us how many previous owners the vehicle has, whether it's been stolen or in an accident, and if there's any outstanding finance on the vehicle.

We check all of our cars' MOT histories, V5C paperwork (registration document), VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and general history for mileage discrepancies. We do this when it's brought into our pool of cars, and again when it leaves, so our customers can have complete peace of mind. If any cars don't meet our exacting standards, we won't put it up for sale.

Aside from the paperwork, we also service our vehicles before they go out on display. Engine, suspension and brakes are all maintained by our technicians to make sure they're in good condition.

How does Available Car protect your used car once you drive away?

When drivers leave the forecourt with one of our cars, it's protected by a 30 day warranty, no matter the age, make or model. We always recommend upgrading this to 12 month cover. We also offer a 24 month warranty which is greater value in the long run.

By default, if you have a problem with your new used car within 30 days of purchase, we'll exchange it for you — no quibbles. We have a dedicated aftersales team who can help you through the courtesy car process and help you find an alternative new car.

Test Drive Our Used Cars

All our cars are open and unlocked at AvailableCar — any of our Customer service executives will be able to help you organise a test drive on any of our cars. Taking a vehicle on a test drive is the best way to get a feel for the way it handles. You'll also be able to talk through the details of purchasing one of our used cars with a one of our Customer service executives. If you've found a car online from a branch that's too far away for you to travel, we'll move it to a closer dealership for you. We also operate a click-and-collect service.

Find a used car online

You can browse our listings online at https://www.availablecar.com/used-cars — to reserve, simply enquire and you can collect your new-used car from the AvailableCar branch of your choice.

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