Below you can find a selection of these aforementioned buying options for you to weigh up and use to ensure you pick the right choice for you purchases.
The chances are if you live in or near a town or city there will be a car dealership relatively close to you.
Pros: There’s no denying that local dealerships are easier for you to get to and in many cases they may have garages attached where you can look to ensure the car your buy has a full service and MOT.
Cons: The range can be quite limited, particularly in the smaller dealerships. Plus, if the area itself isn’t too popular there’s a risk that the quality of the cars on offer can be quite low.
There’s also those who take out advertisements online or in local newspapers who want to sell a car privately, often from their own home.
Pros: By going to a private seller you can cut out the middleman and make a direct purchase with another person, without the worry of added fees or commission.
Cons: You obviously don’t get as great a range of choice or any added extras, but there’s also the fact you’ll potentially have to bargain with another person – which can be difficult with little experience.
With a little research you can also find there are regular vehicle auctions you can attend. These work like any other auction and will see you bidding on a vehicle against others.
Pros: The main benefit is you can get the car you want there and then and if you’re lucky it may well be for a lower price than you thought.
Cons: The opposite can happen and you get into a bidding war with someone else and you either lose out, or pay more than it’s worth.
In a similar vein to a dealership, a car supermarket is on a much larger scale and will have bigger showrooms and more selections of cars available online.
Pros: As mentioned above, there are lots of vehicles available and you can even find specific ranges to choose from, like this Audi Northampton car supermarket for example. On top of this you can get assurances like a full service and MOT and more when you negotiate a deal.
Cons: There can sometimes almost be too much choice and it might be that you spot a car listed online which then turns out to be unavailable.
There is of course the option of pursuing a number of the above; after all the better the selection you can give yourself, the more cars you’ll get to see and try. Whatever you decide though, make sure you take on board this advice before you start looking.