When it comes to buy­ing a used car your lo­cal garage should al­ways be the first port of call

Drogheda Independent - - MOTORING -

NOT only will they of­fer you the best value for money, you can also rest easy know­ing that the ve­hi­cle you are buy­ing has been checked by qual­i­fied tech­ni­cians and you will have the ex­per­tise and re­li­a­bil­ity of your lo­cal garage in the fu­ture, should any is­sues arise.

Buy­ing a used car is an in­tim­i­dat­ing prospect for many con­sumers. Aside from buy­ing a house, pur­chas­ing a car is one of the big­gest in­vest­ments most peo­ple will make so it’s im­por­tant to feel com­fort­able with your pur­chase.

The fear of dodgy deals and the fact that you could be buy­ing some­one else’s prob­lems make the hunt for hon­est value seem daunt­ing.

While im­port­ing a car from Northern Ire­land or Eng­land may seem like a tempt­ing op­tion, it can of­ten be a com­pli­cated and ar­du­ous process leav­ing you with lit­tle or no come­back if some­thing goes wrong or the ve­hi­cle breaks down soon af­ter pur­chase.

The AA ad­vises all po­ten­tial used car buy­ers to avoid side-ofthe-road sales and go to SIMI deal­ers, to buy an AA Au­tocheck car or fail­ing that to have the ve­hi­cle pro­fes­sion­ally in­spected be­fore pur­chase. No rep­utable seller will ob­ject to an in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tion.

AA Au­tocheck is a quality as­sur­ance scheme for used cars. Deal­ers un­der­take to per­form a very de­tailed in­spec­tion de­signed by the AA that ex­am­ines the car un­der 101 sep­a­rate head­ings.

Buy­ing from a SIMI reg­is­tered dealer gives you le­gal re­course, which is vi­tal.

No mat­ter who you are buy­ing a used car from, it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to ask the ques­tion, prefer­ably in front of a wit­ness ‘ has the car ever been crashed or had any body­work re­pairs car­ried out what­so­ever’.

The Na­tional Car Test (NCT) was in­tro­duced to Ire­land in Jan­uary 2000 and since then the quality of used cars in Ire­land has im­proved greatly in re­cent years.

All cars now need to un­dergo an NCT af­ter four years ini­tially and ev­ery two years there­after.

There is very good value to be found in the sec­ond-hand mar­ket par­tic­u­larly at this time of the year and many lo­cal deal­ers have a large range to choose from. Fi­nance can be eas­ily ar­ranged in most cases to suit you.

For ev­ery new car bought in Ire­land al­most 2.5 sec­ond hand are pur­chased and most peo­ple are happy with the re­sults. Buy from your lo­cal dealer for peace of mind!

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