by Ethan Melandri

Researching what type of vehicle you want, what your budget is, and your finance options takes time, but once you have completed these steps you are closer to purchasing a new or used vehicle. The next step is locating the car you want so that you can go ahead and purchase it. There are numerous places you can look for the vehicle you want to determine what the better place is.

Main or Independent Dealers

If it’s a new or nearly new low mileage car that you are after then you will probably consider going to a main dealer to make your purchase. Buying from a main dealer will normally ensure you receive excellent service and your consumer rights will be fully protected, although you will be paying for this through higher prices.

For older cars you could also consider an independent dealer. However service and quality will vary considerably depending on where you go, so carefully check out their warranty terms and conditions.

Classifieds for Private Sales

Looking through the private classifieds can be a great way to find a bargain, however be careful as many unscrupulous sellers can be lurking in the pages, along with traders posing as private sellers.

You have fewer consumer rights when buying privately, so keep a copy of the advert as evidence of claims made by the owner and make sure the vehicle you are looking to buy is from the same address as listed on the V5, so you can find the seller again if anything goes wrong

The Car Supermarket

Supermarkets for cars are becoming more popular. It is quite easy to find one that is located close to you. The prices are generally low, because the cars are bought in bulk. You usually do not have to negotiate, and trade in values tend to be lower.

These places tend to have a great amount of product on their lots, which offers you different models to choose from. You could find extras like alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, and air conditioning.

Vehicle Auction Sites

Auctions that sell vehicles have become another place over the years to get low mileage vehicles for a good price. Better still is the fact that you get a guarantee regarding mechanical problem issues. However, if you are buying at an auction realise your consumer rights are not as plentiful as other options. While you get a bargain you also need to check the vehicle before making a bid.

Online Sales

Dealers and other individuals are selling cars on internet sites like Ebay. You have a chance to overview the specs and view images of the car you are interested in. Auction sites such as Ebay allow you to purchase a vehicle without seeing it.

The feedback system on Ebay is a good way to gauge the reliability of the seller, so be wary of sellers with only a few or poor ratings. Remember though, that if you have the wining bid and the vehicle is accurately described, you will be legally obliged to buy it.

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