Article By Fahema Begum

Should I Buy New Or Used?

Whether to buy new or used is one of the decisions you will need to make when it comes to buying a 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!


In general there's usually some kind of offer or incentive on the new cars we sell - for example, the current offer of manufacturer contributions as well as the huge savings to our Suzuki and Subaru ranges. This on its own can add up to a decent saving for you overall.

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.

PCP, HP, PCH - what's the difference? With so many acronyms and different terminology, what does these all mean and how do you choose the most suitable agreement for you? In our blog, we've broken down all the options to give you a clearer idea of what things are involved when choosing how to finance your vehicle.



​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.

Extras 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 getting to choose exactly the equipment and trim you want ‒ why put up with someone else’s taste?



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 have hundreds of pre-owned cars in stock with a range of sizes, shapes & prices so there's something to suit everyone. We can also offer tailored finance allowing you to find a car that suits your budget. You can use the used car search facility on our website to decide what deposit you want to put down, how much you want to pay each month and for how long you'd like to borrow the money. Once you've tailored your search, each used car then offer an in-built finance calculator allowing you to tweak things to suit.

Head over to our used car page & see what's available.

Nearly New & Ex-Management Cars

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.

Head over to our blog explaining the benefits of pre-registered cars, what they are and why should you buy one.


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.​


We have a great team 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.

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