Buying a used car is something you might do only once every few years, so it’s easy to forget all about the process of choosing a vehicle, getting finance and hitting the road when you need to do it. And although maintaining your car is something that you might already do if you’re a car-owner, we’ve got no shortage of handy tips to make sure you’re running as efficiently and comfortably as possible. That’s why we have put together this series of handy guides on the various stages of car ownership.
The advice comes from a company that has been selling cars since 1951 and which sells thousands more every year. Over that time we’ve got to know which cars are ideal for customers’ needs and we’re also experts at arranging finance packages that suit them down to a tee. We’ve divided the tips and advice into three sections: Choosing a Car, Buying a Car and Running a Car. This will hopefully take customers through the car ownership journey.
Most importantly, we hope that these guides will make you more informed when you arrive at one of our showrooms. That way, you’ll be more likely to make purchasing decisions you’ll be completely satisfied with.
Choosing a Car
Whether you’re scanning the classified ads in your local paper or taking in the vastness of a Carcraft showroom, one thing will strike you: there are a lot of cars to choose from! But with our help, we’ll show you that choosing the right car needn’t be overwhelming.
In fact, it’s largely a process of elimination. The vast majority of cars won’t be suitable for your needs, whether that’s a nippy shopper, a family camping specialist, a well-equipped luxury commuter vehicle or something a little sporty.
When you’ve narrowed it down, you can use our honest reviews of the cars in the class you’re looking for – and of course, you’ve got to take them for a spin before you make the final decision.
Our Buying Guides
Buying a Car
Most people will use some sort of credit to buy a car, whether it’s a loan or a finance deal arranged through the dealer (typically hire purchase). But other deals are available, most notably the personal contract hire (PCH) and personal contract purchase (PCP) deals. In our finance section we’ll talk you through the various kinds of finance and detail the advantages and drawbacks of each.
In short, hire purchase gives you full ownership of the car once it’s paid off; PCH deals let you essentially lease the car and give it back after a set period; and PCP deals are like PCH deals only with the option buy the car by paying off the remaining value at a guaranteed price.
Our Car Buying Advice
- Balloon Payments Explained
- 0% Car Finance
- Car Finance Explained
- Car Finance for Students
- Hire Purchase Finance Explained
- How Much is My Car Worth?
- Negative Equity Explained
- Personal Contract Hire Explained
- Personal Contract Purchase Explained
Running a Car
Once you’ve chosen and bought a car, your next concern is running it. Looking after your car will bring you benefits from all sides. A well maintained car will not only be safer, it will be more efficient to run and will be less likely to leave you in the lurch. And you’ll also feel the benefits when you come to sell the car too – a looked-after car with full service history will fetch a much better sale or trade-in price than one that’s been neglected.