Are you searching for a great deal on a cheap used car? Then Teletext Cars is the
website to help you source the second hand car of your dreams. Our massive database
allows you to find the right car for you from hundreds of used cars for sale with
our easy to use car search. Enter your postcode, choose your make, model, price
range and keyword and hit search. We will show you used cars for sale which are
local to you, and all from Teletext Cars approved dealers. Buying cheap second hand
cars has never been this easy!
When choosing which used car to buy, it is vital to research a particular model
thoroughly. On paper, a second hand car may look ideal but could be a dud with poor
long term reliability, build quality and deprecation.
Check lists such as the JD Power Survey which are created by polling owners about
what their cars are like to live with. You will find some surprising results - Mercedes
has fared badly in recent times; shocking considering its pedigree.
The advantages of sourcing a cheap used car online are many - there's a huge choice
of cars for sale, stock is updated on a daily basis; there's something to suit any
budget; and prices can be compared with ease. Before deciding if you've found a
bargain, do double check where the seller is located.
If you've found a cheap used car, any savings you could make may be offset by the
costly delivery/pick up expenses if the seller is several counties away.
Viewing used cars online either at dealer websites or at Teletext Cars is becoming
the norm for sourcing second hand cars. Check any ad thoroughly though - for instance,
if the ad features no mileage details, then it will most likely have done many,
many thousands of miles.
Also, research the seller - use a search engine to see if any upset customers are
venting their spleen by posting angry comments online about particular dealers.
When phoning a private seller about their second hand car, make sure it is to a
landline i.e. their home, not just a mobile number. Start with "I am calling about
the car for sale". If they reply "which one?", be wary - it could be a dealer flogging
cheap cars they can't shift due to poor condition.
If the seller wants to show you a used car anywhere but outside their own home,
it may mean that they don't want you to know where they live because the car is
Whether you buy a used car through an online ad or via an auction site, it is essential
to have a HPI check carried out. This checks if the car has a 'history' - whether
it is stolen, is a write-off or has any outstanding finance owing on it.
Also recommended is a vehicle inspection. This does cost in excess of one hundred
pounds but that investment could save thousands in hidden repair costs later.
Never pay the asking price until you've actually seen the used car you're buying.
After all, does the car tally with the ad? Are the service records in order? Does
the mileage reflect the car's appearance? Excessive stone chippings can betray its
age. Also check that the car's VIN number matches the log books.
Finally, before you buy a car, go to the AA's website, which offers a printable
document that includes a legal contract for the seller to sign.