Where to buy used cars
There are four main places to buy a used car.
The main places to buy used cars
- Privately You generally get the best prices if you buy privately. But you have fewer comebacks if there turn out to be problems with the car. Find out more about buying a used car privately.
- Dealer Dealers' prices tend to be higher than buying privately. But you have more rights if there are problems with the car plus the dealer can arrange finance and maybe a warranty for you. Find out more about buying a used car from a dealer.
- Car supermarket They pile them high and sell them cheap, just like a normal supermarket. Your rights are the same as with a dealer - but the prices could be lower. Find out more about buying a used car from a car supermarket.
- Online auction The price depends how the auction goes - don't get carried away. Your rights depend on who you're buying from (the seller could be a dealer or an individual). Find out more about buying a used car at an online auction.
You can also buy used cars at live auctions. Make sure you know what the car is worth before you start bidding. Don't get carried away in a competition with another buyer. Do you homework before you pay for it. And find out what your rights are if there are any problems.
Any person buying a used car should also seek their own independent advice
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Help and advice
Some relevant frequently asked questions
When does the 60 days start? When I register, purchase or when I check the first vehicle?
The 60 days start from the date of purchase of the AutoCheck.
Can you buy a check over the phone?
This service is an online service only, so we are unable to carry out a check over the phone.
When do I get my check?
You report appears as soon as you have successfully made your purchase. The results are instant.
How much does the data check insurance cost?
There is no extra charge for the data insurance, it is included in the cost of your check.