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How Do I Get a Good Price from a Car Supermarket

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 12 Dec 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Buying a car from a car supermarket is becoming an increasingly popular way of buying a car. A car supermarket is basically a non-franchise car dealership. Rather than the new cars you tend to see at car dealerships, you will usually find nearly new cars at a car supermarket. Most of these will be one year old or less and have under 10,000 miles mileage on the clock. This article offers advice on buying a car from a car supermarket and making sure that you get a good deal from them.

Is Buying from a Car Supermarket Cheaper?

Many car supermarkets specialise in selling used cars. As far as used cars go, you need to make sure that you are not being ripped off, as many older used cars are often over-priced. It is highly advisable to shop around before committing yourself as you may be able to find a better deal elsewhere. If you go with the first price that you are come across, you kick yourself if you find how much cheaper it could have been at an alternative car supermarket.

Things to Consider

When buying from a car supermarket, it pays to determine whether your car of choice has been imported from abroad. If it has, it may not be fully compliant with UK legislation and will therefore need different parts fitted to ensure that it does. This will obviously cost you more money, which you may not be able to part with if you have a motoring budget that you want to stick to. You should also check that the car has warranty, as imported cars will tend to only have a single year's warranty, whereas cars that have been sourced from the UK tend to have around three years warranty.

Many car supermarkets now have an Internet presence, which allows you to search for the type of car that you are looking for from the comfort of your own home. This can save you the hassle of arriving at the car supermarket to find that they do not stock the car that you have your eye on buying. However, it is essential to visit the car supermarket in person (rather than buying anything online) so that you can see the car for yourself and test drive it to make sure for certain that it is right for you before you buy.

As far as budget motoring goes, buying a car from a car supermarket can be a good idea, but you need to make sure that you shop around to make sure that you can get the best possible deal. If you buy a used car from a car supermarket, check whether it has been imported from abroad, as this can result in higher insurance premiums and you may need to spend more money converting certain features to comply with UK legislation. This will obviously mean that you have to spend more money to do so, which may take you outside of your motoring budget.

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