In Collaboration with Autotrader: Why your next car should be second-hand

In Collaboration with Autotrader: Why your next car should be second-hand

The Green Way To Go

People often shy away from used cars thinking that new is the safest option, and that there must be something wrong with second-hand vehicles for people to be selling them. The truth is, used cars are not only just as good as new cars, but far better for your finances and the environment. If you’re in need of some convincing, check out at our top reasons why your next car should definitely be second-hand.

You’ll save a lot more money

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Used battery-electric cars like the Nissan Leaf are coming on the market at very reasonable prices

There are many ways you’ll save money by buying a used car, but the first and most obvious is the sticker price. The older the car, the cheaper it will get. But it’s not just that initial lump sum where you save money. You should always view cars as an investment, because if you buy a new car, you’ll take a huge hit on the depreciation value, potentially losing up to 19 percent in the first year. Just by being driven off the dealership lot and having one owner, they lose thousands. Cars that are a few years old have already lost their biggest percentage, so they’ll hold most of their value if you choose to sell them on in future.

Your insurance premium will fall

Another benefit to a used car is that your insurance will undoubtedly be lower. Firstly, the older the car, the less it is worth, and so the less it costs to keep it on the road. However, insurance companies also take accidents into account; newer cars will be more expensive to repair. If more of a model have been made, there’s more data available to assess how frequently they’re involved in incidents.

It’s more environmentally-friendly

If you’re one to worry about being green in your every-day life, then buying a second-hand car is the only option for you. Buying a new car costs thousands to manufacture, but it’s also very expensive for planet earth, as tonnes of fossil fuels are used up. From the initial creation of parts right through to the transportation of your new car to the dealer, all this means a substantial carbon footprint–none of this occurs with a second-hand vehicle.

You’ll get a wider choice

On the one hand, there are millions of cars for you to choose from if you opt for used, to the point where you’ll be able to find the exact make and model from a specific year. Plus, you’ll even be able to source the add-ons you wanted without those high dealership premiums. On the other hand, you’ll also get a much wider choice of sellers, so you’re more likely to find the car you want at the price you want. The selection of high-mpg models increases every year, so you can take advantage of the latest technology like pure electric vehicles at a discount.

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The 2014 Cadillac ELR is one eco car that has become a great used bargain

It’s important you use a reputable online marketplace when selecting vendors though, such as, as sellers are selected to provide customers with a high standard of service.

We hope you found these considerations useful. Did you buy new or used for your latest car?

In Collaboration with AA Cars: Buying a Used Green Car

In Collaboration with AA Cars: Buying a Used Green Car

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Used Green Car

Many motorists feel stressed and anxious when in the market for a second-hand car, particularly if they’re after a “green” car that will help reduce their footprint on this planet. This is understandable as it is a huge investment, and you sometimes hear horror stories, but it should be viewed as an exciting purchase and it can be much more enjoyable when you know what you should be looking for. Here are a few important factors to consider before taking the plunge.


Much like any important investment, thorough research is crucial if you are to get a good deal. Read reviews, check forums and compare vehicles to find the one that is best suited to your needs and budget. You may find that there is a cheaper one or one better suited to your needs elsewhere.

Test the Vehicle

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Check the service records–and the obvious results

You should always inspect a vehicle when it is dry and in daylight, as water can hide scratches and the dark makes it difficult to inspect the vehicle. You should also check the tires and inspect the vehicle from all angles. You can find tips for inspecting a car online, but you may also want to bring somebody along for guidance (such as a mechanic). In addition to this, you must test drive the vehicle and make sure that it is a smooth and enjoyable ride and there are not any glaring issues.


You should always shop at reputable dealerships to ensure you are getting a good car with a clean history. Dealerships that have signed up to AA Cars’ Dealer Promise scheme will be the most trustworthy and you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands.

Service History

Ask to see a full history of the automobile’s service and maintenance. This could factor into the price and also make it easier to spot issues on a test drive. The dealership may provide the service history, but you may want to consider purchasing a vehicle history report. When looking through the service history, look to see if there is a consistent story or a particular problem that keeps arising.

(US Readers)

Every car in the US must be registered. Speaking to your local DMV to work out what paperwork is needed to be completed is a must. Remember some states require you to have registered your car as soon as 10 days after purchase. Some may allow 30 days. Ensure you check this with the DMV you are speaking to.

(UK Readers)

Always ask to see the V5C Registration document. This will show you the previous owners and enable you to contact them if you have any queries about the car.

Keep these things in mind when looking at a second-hand vehicle and it will help you to find the right vehicle and at a reasonable price. You must also not feel pressured into the purchase (salesman can be very good at this) and take your time–it is an important decision to make.