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