Lifestyle Blog: Buying a Second Hand Car.

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nissan juke car

When it comes to buying cars it can sometimes be the most frustrating thing in the world. A lot of us have to wait until we need a car before we look for another one, where some people have the luxury of being able to browse around for that dream machine.

When purchasing my most recent car, it was a combination of both really. My Fiat Panda had served me well for 8 years, but slowly more and more things started to go wrong with it. The scariest one was when I reversed out of my drive and it just stopped.

Like, literally stopped working.

Turned out the petrol pump had just gone. Without any warning at all. My dad was at my house at time doing some decorating so managed to push it back on to my drive for me. But it was always in the back of my mind afterwards, what I would do if I was on my own driving somewhere and something similar happened again.

So there was a matter of personal urgency, alongside having a bit of leeway to get a car I really wanted.

The car that I’d been lusting over for years turned out to be a Nissan Juke. I love how they look a bit like a bug, and also that you feel safe in them as they feel a but like a 4×4 inside. I also really like Nissan cars, having had two micra’s in the past that never let me down. 

When it comes to buying a second hand car, what considerations do you need to take in to account?

1: A reliable dealership.

For me, my local main dealership is the one I go to. Having had a really reliable service from them before, I discovered them through a friends husband who worked there. But regardless of that, there are no pushy salesmen when you walk through the door and the bloke that sold me the Juke was helpful, friendly and didn’t make me feel like I was being pressured in to anything.

2: How long has the car been on the forecourt.

My rule of thumb is that if it’s been on sale for longer than 6 weeks, there’s probably something putting other buyers off. If you’re not sure what that is, try and take someone who knows a little more about cars to help pinpoint any issues.

3: After sales services.

For my car I have two years of free services and the first MOT thrown in. This was just standard from the dealership and didn’t cost me any extra to add on. They also rang me a few days after I had the car to make sure everything was fine with it.

When looking for cars it can be difficult to know what to choose, but being secondhand doesn’t always mean you have to compromise. For example, KAP Motors offer second hand prestige cars at competitive prices. With branches in Folkestone and Brighton, they offer services to support your purchase with aftercare and have been established over 60 years – which is always an excellent sign for a dealership.


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