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Top tips for buying a second-hand car this January

With most people having spent up on Christmas presents, or clothes shopping in the January sales, buying a car right now couldn’t be a better financial decision. With car dealers struggling to meet their sales targets and some sellers under pressure, it is easy to bag a bargain. Buying a second-hand car makes for a good investment too given how fast new cars lose their value. If you’d like a few top tips on what to look out for when buying a second-hand car this season, read on…

  1. Know what you want

It’s crucial to know exactly what you want in your car. Do you need a built-in sat-nav because you drive long-distances a lot? Is the eco-rating of the car important to you instead? Or do you just want something simple to get you from A to B as a first car? Whatever it is you need, make sure you have a clear list worked out before you go to a seller. If you’re unsure of the kinds of things you need from your car, check out this brief guide to the best used cars.