Should I buy a new or used car?
Your budget will be an important factor but there are other issues to take into consideration. You will need to think about the long-term costs of ownership of the car, how you’re going to pay for your car and the sort of deals which are on offer.
It all sounds a little daunting which is why we've put together some useful advice to help you decide!
Buying a new car
In general there's usually some kind of offer or incentive on the new cars we sell, for example the current offer of 3 years free road tax on our new Suzuki range. This on its own can add up to a decent saving for you over the years especially following the new vehicle tax rate change that came to affect on 1st of April 2017.
Lower running costs
New cars are more efficient and buying the latest model could save you pounds at the pumps. Lower emissions mean lower or no tax bands, and having the latest safety and security equipment could help lower the cost of your insurance.
Affordability is probably the biggest single factor when it comes to looking at the purchase of a car but again there are many options to consider including a PCP agreement (Personal Contract Purchase) which may enable you to buy a car which might otherwise have been out of your budget. Some of our new cars also include a deposit contribution when purchased with an eligible finance product so you don't necessarily have to worry about having a large deposit either in the way of cash or a part-exchange.
All our new cars come with a minimum 3 year manufacturer warranty which covers your car for mechanical faults, manufacturing defects and breakdowns allowing you miles of worry-free motoring for the first few years of your car's life.
In with the deal
Servicing may be included when purchasing one of our new cars and can again present a big saving. If servicing isn't included, you could still benefit through the purchase of a service plan which allows you to spread the cost of routine servicing at our dealerships by paying a fixed monthly cost. A service plan will also protect you against price rises and can be tailored to suit your individual requirements.
Make the car your own
One of the advantages, or you could say delights, of buying a new car is choosing exactly the equipment and trim you want ‒ why put up with someone else’s taste?
Our New Nissan Micra has just this - with over 100 personalisation options so you can sculpt the new Micra to reflect your own individuality.
Buying a used car
You don’t have to be a cheapskate ‒ or skint ‒ to see the advantages in buying a second-hand car, and when we say second-hand this doesn't just mean a run-down old banger. We always have a great selection of low mileage ex-management and nearly new cars which represent a great saving when compared to the RRP.
If you want to buy a used car on finance, there has never been a better time with some attractive low rate options available. We have a fantastic selection of used cars of all makes & models all of which come with our built in Price Promise guarantee. You'll also benefit from free MOTs for life and the reassurance that they've been checked and prepared by a factory trained technician.
The risk factor
Cars are much better built and more resistant to corrosion than they were 15 years ago, and tighter regulation of the used-car and insurance industries has reduced the number of accident write-offs and stolen cars making their way back onto forecourts. .
There are still risks of course but by buying from a franchised dealer such as Colin Appleyard, you can rest assured that all of our used cars have been subject to a rigorous checking process and have had a full HPI check carried out for your peace of mind.
Still unsure? Don't worry!
We employ a team of experienced representatives who can discuss all your requirements in a relaxed environment over a nice cup of coffee to make sure we find the car that's best suited to you and your needs.