Frequently Asked Questions

Are used cars worth it?

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Used cars account for around eight million of the cars sold each year so the simple answer is, yes. The enormous choice is probably the single biggest draw, along with the variety of prices.

What do I need to do when I buy a used car?

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Our top tips include thoroughly checking the car against a buyer’s checklist and completing a document registration, VIN number, MOT and service history check. Additionally you can complete a used car history check which will help you find information about the car which the seller potentially doesn't want you to know.

Can you lease a used car?

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Yes, it is possible to lease a used car. Contact The Car Sales Company to find out more.

What used car should I buy?

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It depends on what you need and want from your used car. The Car Sales Company has a huge range of used cars available. So whether it’s a small city car for commuting, a family car for school runs and shopping, or a large SUV for adventures with all the family, we will have a car for you.

Where can I buy used cars?

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Here at The Car Sales Company we have two dealerships that service the whole of Greater Manchester and are packed full of great quality used cars. Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to provide free advice on models, finance and when you’re ready to buy, will guide you through the simple purchase process.

What should I look for when buying a used car?

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There are many free buyer’s checklist available online that will give you a full rundown of points to check. As a minimum, always complete a vehicle history check, thoroughly check the body and engine, ensure that the VIN number matches the documentation, and that all documentation is present and correct.

Are used cars still under warranty?

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Yes, although the warranty length may vary depending on the vehicle.

What used cars are the cheapest to insure?

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Top of the list for the cheapest to insure are the Volkswagen Polo, the Skoda Citigo and the Hyundai i10.

Which used cars are road tax free?

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There are now many cars which are road tax free, including hugely popular models like the Kia Picanto, Ford Fiesta and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Why is buying a used car better?

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The main reason is that the biggest depreciation of a car’s value has already happened. Insurance rates may also be lower and affordability more reasonable.

What is the best month to buy a car?

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If you are buying a car then October, November and December is the best time. At this time, dealers will be focussing on their end of year targets. Therefore you’re likely to snap up a good deal.

How many miles on a used car is too much?

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When buying a used car you should allow, on average, 12,000 miles per year. Anything less than that is a big bonus. But over 12,000 isn’t necessarily bad if the vehicle has been well cared for.

How long is the warranty on used cars?

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Generally, used cars come with warranties that last either three, six or 12 months. It is likely that older cars will be supplied with shorter policies due to the increased wear and tear.

Which used cars are most reliable?

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A recent report by leading independent car giant What Car? found that the car ranked most reliable was the Toyota Yaris. Others included in the top ten were the luxurious Lexus CT, a versatile SUV in the Mitsubishi ASX, and the five-star Euro NCAP safety rated Honda Jazz.

Do I need insurance before I buy a used car?

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Yes, you will be required to provide evidence that you have insurance coverage before you can drive away in your new vehicle.

What are the best used cars for new drivers?

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The Ford Fiesta, the Toyota Aygo and Vauxhall Corsa always come out best for new drivers.

Can I return a used car?

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Consumer rights apply to used cars. In most cases you have 30 days to return something that is not of satisfactory quality, not fit for purpose or not “as described”.

What are the most popular used cars?

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Some of the most popular used cars currently available include the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Volkswagen Golf, the Nissan Qashqai and the Vauxhall Astra.

Which used cars are selling the fastest?

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MPVs and 4x4s tend to be the used cars that sell the quickest. Models like the Land Rover Discovery, Volkswagen Touareg, Ford Grand C-MAX and Volkswagen Sharan being most popular.