We all know how tricky it can be to get a good deal on a used car. There are just so many dishonest sellers on the private market that it simply doesn’t make sense to buy something from a member of the public. Unless you have official qualifications or experience with engines, there are just too many faults they could hide from you. Also, buying from a member of the public will mean you can’t get a refund. While used car dealerships are never going to offer a long warranty on something more than ten years old, you’ll still have a certain amount of legal cover. If a professional car salesman lies when selling you the vehicle, they can’t refuse to take it back if you are less than satisfied.

Research your chosen model

You don’t have to take a course in mechanics to ensure you get a good deal. Learning about engines as whole will take far too long. That is why you should create a list of possible models and research them. So long as you know lots of information about the type of vehicle you plan to purchase, the chances of you spotting something wrong will increase. All the information you require is available for free online. You should find out about common issues experienced by owners of that model and things like repair costs.

Use the internet

When looking for the perfect seller of used Volvos or any model you might like, the internet is your friend. Any dealership worth their salt will have a website these days, and that means it is likely that people will publish reviews online. You can tell a lot from the experiences of other people, and so you must try to find some testimonials. If everything looks good, you can contact the dealer and visit their premises. Presuming you find some less than enthusiastic reviews, it might be a good idea to look elsewhere. The internet will also help you to find lots of different dealers near to your home of which you were previously unaware. Thank Google for local listings.

Learn to haggle

One of the best things about buying from a secondhand dealer is that you have the option to negotiate on price. While some of them might try to make you think they are unwilling to budge, the right words could tip things in your favor. If a dealer thinks you are seriously going to walk out and look elsewhere, they will be more inclined to drop their price. Don’t worry too much if you’re not amazing in high-pressure situations like that. There are plenty of negotiation guides available for free online. Just take a moment to read through some of them before you attend any viewings. Alternatively, you could take someone along who is a little more confident.



So long as you follow our advice and implement some common sense, you could have the perfect used car for your family in a matter of days. Just make sure you don’t shake any hands or sign any contracts until you are completely happy with the deal.