Sounds impossible, right? The fact is, if you know where to look, you can pick up a very tidy car that is fully guaranteed, and all for a reasonable price. More and more British drivers are realising that the very high cost of buying new is not a practical road to follow, and for the price of a mid-range new model, one can obtain a quality car that is no more than 18 months old. A new car loses value like a bucket full of holes, with as much as 13% off the value, as soon as you drive it away from the forecourt, and this means a 12-18 month old vehicle is that much more affordable, and it has yet to reach the point where it is no longer in pristine condition.
Manufacturer Approved Dealerships
If we look at BMW, which is probably the most sought after make in the UK, you will find certain dealers that are BMW approved to actually resell used vehicles, and in order to receive this accolade, they must follow a stringent code of practices. BMW has spent many decades building up the reputation they have for making quality luxury and performance cars, and are not about to risk that by approving a dealer with questionable practices. If you live in Yorkshire, for example, there are quality used BMW cars for sale in Wakefield by a BMW approved dealership, and many of their cars are ex Director’s vehicles and are in pristine condition.
Highest Standards Expected
Any vehicle manufacturer that lends its seal of approval to a used car dealership would want certain assurances regarding the quality of the cars on their forecourt, and with manufacturer approved technicians in a state of the art workshop, every single car would be tested and examined, with any work carried out according to the manufacturer’s specifications. This type of garage would offer a 12-month unconditional warranty on parts and labour, with the option to extend that, should you require it.
Sourcing such a dealership doesn’t have to mean spending the weekend driving around looking at cars, as online solutions allow you to view all the cars, and once you have found something that seems to tick all the boxes, you can book a test drive online. Another point worth bearing in mind is that this type of dealer focuses on selling new models, and takes used cars in part exchange, and with most buyers changing every year or two, there is a constant supply of quality used cars coming in, and the dealer would like to move then as soon as possible and is often prepared to negotiate in order to free up that valuable forecourt space.
Top of the range BMWs are usually used to ferry top management around, and with image being everything, the car is typically replaced every year, and is always in tip-top condition, with a full service history. This offers the private motorist who wants an affordable luxury car, the chance to pick up a real bargain.