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What you need to look out for when Buying A Used Car.

Are you recently in the process of looking to upgrade your car and buy top of the range used car? Here at MotorServ UK we want to give you some top tips to follow when it comes to buying a new car. Whether you are buying a brand new set of wheels or one of our used cars for sale, we have some great advice for you today! This blog includes all of the crucial information you need when making the financial commitment to buying a new motor.

Take this opportunity to come on down to our sales centre here at MotorServ UK, and book your test drive today! We have a large number of cars for sale, suited to all of you. You may be looking for your next family car or a small run around car, it doesn’t matter because we’ve got you covered today! In addition to this, our cars are available on finance, helping you cover the financial costs over the next few years. With year’s worth of experience in the car industry, you can trust us to help find your ideal car. Find out more now…

Firstly, before you purchase your car, we advise you to check out the costs of being insured on this new set of wheels. It is important that you take this opportunity to explore a number of different options, finding the best deals suited to you. Once you know the rough price of the insurance, build this into your budget. From here you can decide whether or not you can afford to purchase the car. If you are looking into finance, our team can talk you through the process finding the best solution for your individual financial situation.

Before buying a used car, it is important that you check out the following factors…

Full service: Having access to this document is essential when buying a new car, this will tell you the exact work which has been done on the vehicle. Including all previous MOTs, Services and general repairs, your full-service history will provide you with the exact date and location. If the previous owner doesn’t have access to the full service of the vehicle, we would advise you not to buy the vehicle. This is due to the fact that you don’t know what issues the car has had previously, and you have no way of knowing how well the car has been looked after previously.

In addition to this, Be Aware of Clocking. When buying from a private seller you need to be extra cautious, including monitoring the mileage. If the deal seems way good to be true, it usually is. You need to be aware of clocking, if the mileage looks far too low, do not automatically trust the number which appears. Here at MotorServ UK, if you are unsure about buying from a private seller, we can provide you with high quality used cars today!

Further to this, let’s talk about the importance of taking your car for a test drive. It is key that you take your car for a spin before you buy it, this will help you get a feel for the way the car drives. If you’re looking for a used car in Solihull, we can help you today. Come on down to our sales centre. It is crucial that the car you buy suits you and your lifestyle, with years of experience in the car industry we can help you find your dream car today!  For further information, contact our team today!

Benefits of buying a Used Car

Our showroom in Birmingham has a great selection of used cars for sale in Solihull, all for you to choose from. Our team have the skills to match you with the perfect car for your lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a family car, or something sportier, we have the perfect used car for you in Solihull. Statistically, when purchasing a used car, you can save up to 50% of the market value of the car when new. If you don't get drawn in by the ""new car' appeal, then a used car is the perfect economic solution for you to have the car of your dreams. Here are some of the other benefits of buying a used car - 

Economically Effective

When deciding on the budget for your car, it is important to not only account for the price of the vehicle, but also all of the running costs and longevity of the vehicle. Running costs include:

  • Insurance
  • Tax
  • Petrol
  • Maintenance and Repairs

When you purchase a new car, the value of the car immediately begins to depreciate, whereas you can purchase the same car with only one previous owner for the fraction of the price. This means that the car is still in great condition and has only had one person driving it from new. When you compare the price of a new car to the same model used car, you can have all the benefits, just without the large price tag.  If you do the maths, you may even be able to buy a used car and cover the running costs for the duration of your ownership for the price of the new model!

Less Environmental Impact

It's very well known that the production of new cars is having an impact on the environment due to their construction in large, CO2 producing factories. Buying a used car, means that you aren't using factories to have a new car built, you are instead taking a car from a previous owner and elongating the longevity of the car on the road - after all if the car is in good condition, there is no reason to have a new car built and purchased

No Catch Out Costs

Often when purchasing a new car, there can be fees included in the price which mean the ""great deal' you receive isn't actually a great deal. May dealerships will include add-ons marketed as ""free' but then increase the cost of the vehicle to cover these prices. It is a lot less likely that a used car will include these hidden costs so you end up getting a better deal and then can buy additional add-ons for their true price as you can shop around for the best deals. Just because you're being told it's a great deal, doesn't mean you don't need to do your own research compared to other providers.

Contact our team today to be matched with the perfect car from our selection of Used Cars for sale in Solihull! 


Returning to business after lockdown.

Recent changes to government guidelines have meant that car showrooms and garages can now re-open with stong social distancing measures in place. The safety of our customers and staff is at our highest priority, which has meant that Motorserv Uk have been following the government guidelines throughout these uncertain times. Therefore, we are pleased to announce we are now back up and running after 3 months of closure.

The easing of lowdown has now reintroduced shops opening and non-essential workers returning to work. Society is very slowly transitioning back to normal, so there is no better time than the present for you to buy a new car. After what it feels like months on end of spare time and endless hours in the comfort of your own home, it's great that life's beginning to return to normal.

Car dealerships and garages were deemed as non-essential businesses in March at the beginning of lockdown and overnight were closed nationally due to the new government guidelines. After months of reviewing the safety of both our staff and customers, we have now introduced new measurements into our showroom to suit the government guidelines.

Let's discuss the boom in the car industry during the easing of lockdown.

The past few months have been challenging to say the least, but the positives of spending more time with your family and having plenty of spare time on your hands has been a huge bonus of lockdown.

The car industry has had a boom since the easing of lockdown which is due to the fact that people have had plenty of time to look into buying a new car. With all this time to spare, people were researching into cars whilst in the buying cycle. With the right model in mind customers now know exactly what they're looking for, as showrooms are beginning to open there has been a significant increase in sales. The fact that they couldn't buy the car in lockdown gave customers the chance to re-evaluate whether or not they need the car.

We would like to address the changes which we have made to the business to make it safe for all customers and staff for the foreseeable future. Following the government guidelines we are now taking all payments contactless, and we no longer have a waiting room to prevent any unnecessary contact with any customers or staff. All our cars are sanitised regularly on all contact points, we want to emphasise the importance of your health and safety.

For any further information get in touch with our team today, if your looking for cars for sale in Solihull our team can help you find your dream car.

Do's and Don't when driving in the Snow

Have you just passed your driving test and are new to the roads? Or have you been driving for years? When it comes to driving in icy conditions it's so important to take extra precautions when leaving the house. You may find that you're usually a confident driver, but you're feeling nervous because you've never driven in the snow. Here at Motorserve UK we have some top tips for driving in these conditions.

First things first, doesn't it feel like defrosting your car is the most time consuming job ever. Isn't it the worst when you're rushing around in the morning and are running late for work and you step out of the house and realise your car is completely frozen over. Most people are guilty for not letting the ice fully melt off their car and drive away whilst their windows are still iced up. Even leaving snow on your roof can be extremely dangerous, as when you're driving along this could fall onto your windscreen and block your vision when driving. 

Many people believe that boiling water can be the instant solution to their problems, yet this isn't the case at all. We strongly advise you not to do this as it could completely shatter your windows. Instead go and buy some anti-freeze spray and a car scraper, these will help you quickly defrost your car in the mornings. Make sure your number plate and all of your windows and mirrors are completely clear before you drive away.

It's very important to check your tyre tread before you leave to drive in icy conditions. The government advises your tyres to be at 3mm or over, if you find your tyres are under the legal minimum of 1.6mm you need to get them changed urgently. Come on down to our garage for a full vehicle service or MOT, Birmingham - Motorserve UK service centre. Checking your Tyres regularly is a safety precaution which is usually overseen by many but can have a huge impact on your safety when driving in tough conditions.

Another top tip is to only leave the house if it's crucial, can you walk to the shop? Do you really need to use your car? If the answer is yes, then stick to routes you know on main roads. Try to stay off roads you don't know. You may come across off-road tracks which won't be covered in grit, these are a no go, you're more than likely to get stuck. So, plan your route before you leave the house, so you know exactly where to go.

It's also important to not brake harshly or accelerate too quickly. Driving in a higher gear will give you more control over the car, allowing you to travel safely. Taking extra care when driving your car in snowy conditions is essential not only to you, but those around you. Be even more aware of pedestrians crossing and leave at least 5-6 second stopping distance between you and the car in front.

For anymore expert knowledge and advice, come and talk to our team here at Motorserve UK.

The misconceptions of buying a car at auction for less

Are you thinking of swapping your car? If so, you might be toying with the idea of chancing your arm and trying to grab a bargain at auction. While it is possible to get a great deal at a car auction, it's wise to proceed with caution. There are risks linked to bidding on a vehicle. Here's a useful guide to highlight the potential perils of buying a car at auction.

The misconceptions of buying a car for less at auction

Many people consider going to an auction to look for a car as a means of saving money. Auction prices vary hugely, but charges that are lower on paper might not be what they seem. There is a misconception that buying at auction saves you a fortune. Unfortunately, in many cases, this is not true.

There are several potential pitfalls to be wary of when buying at auction, including:

  • Extra fees and hidden charges: when you go to a dealership and you ask for a quote for a car, you'll be presented with a figure and an itemised invoice. At auction, the system is different, and you'll need to pay fees and charges, some of which you might not have been aware of before you started bidding. Fees can bump up the cost significantly.
  • Basic checks only: if you're looking for used cars in Birmingham, it's natural to want to make sure that you're not going to be spending a fortune on repairs in a month's time. The trouble is that many listings at auction feature the words ""basic checks only.' Buying a car that hasn't been tested rigorously can increase the risk of ending up with a huge repair bill further down the line.
  • Sold ""as is': some people are looking for a cheap run-around, and they don't mind buying ""as is' to secure a bargain. If you're looking for a reliable vehicle that will stand the test of time and transport you and your family from A to B safely, it's wise to avoid buying a vehicle ""as seen.' This means that if there are issues that you didn't spot at the auction, you have no legal rights to appeal to the seller or to claim any money back from the purchase. An ""as is' description can mask all kinds of problems. 
  • Warranties: when you buy a car from a reputable garage, you'll be covered by a warranty. This is not the case when purchasing vehicles at auction. 
  • Paying over the odds: auctions tend to bring out the competitive nature of human beings. If you get embroiled in a bidding battle, you may end up paying over the odds.

Buying from a reputable dealer

Buying from a reputable dealer Auctions can be exhilarating, and there is a chance of picking up a bargain, but it's wise to buy from a reputable dealer. Whether you're looking for used cars in Solihull or you're searching for a brand new motor, choosing a reliable garage will provide peace of mind and it could also save you a lot of money in the long-run, as warranties and full checks are included.

Before you head to an auction, consider the risks carefully and explore all your options. If you want to buy from a reputable Garage, look no further than Motor Serv UK Solihull. We supply only Cars that have been fully checked and tested at our own state of the art workshop, and all our Cars come with warranties and you can even buy an ongoing Service package to suit your needs. Ring: 0121 405 0702 for full details in sourcing your next New or Used Car deal.

Used BMWs - Purchasing Top-Tips

Reliability

The reliability of BMW has been criticised in the past, however, this point could be said for all car manufacturers if the owner does not properly maintain the car. As BMW are a higher end model of car, with proper maintenance they should be a long-lasting investment. To ensure optimum reliability from used BMWs, the owner should be taking all measures to ensure the car runs smoothly, this could include -

  • MOTs done on time.
  • Full Service History.
  • Changing Oil frequently based on time and mileage.
  • Fixing any problems promptly after discovery e.g. Electronic Issues.

Budget

When purchasing a used BMW, the buyer should focus on the budget they are setting for the new purchase. This budget should be long-term and not just the amount the car costs based on the cars maintenance needs. Firstly, a model should be selected that is comfortably within the price range, so that any unexpected costs will not take the buyer out of their budget. Different models will encounter a variety of costs. The buyer should consider the running cost of each model to calculate the long-term costs of owning that particular model. This means that the buyer will not purchase a used car that they can buy immediately, but cannot afford to run in the long term. Selling an old car can help with budgeting for a new purchase. It is important for the buyer to have sorted their finance prior to the consideration of a new car purchase.

Examples of running costs are -

  • Fuel
  • Repairs
  • Tyre prices and durability
  • Regular maintenance
  • • Insurance Costs.

Market prices are constantly changing in the world of used car purchasing. Visit Motorserv - UK Cars for competitive prices when buying a used car. If help is needed budgeting for the purchase of a Used BMW then take a look at Motorserv-UK's finance options.

Model

When selecting a model of used BMW, the buyer should consider their uses for the car and its level of practicality in accordance with their lifestyle. Buyers should consider certain aspects of their life and how different components of a car will adapt to their daily lives. Topics of consideration include, family size, boot size, accessibility, and efficiency. Some examples of BMW models and their suitability are as follows -

Family Cars - BMW SUV range - BMW Saloons and Touring models

  • Spacious - Large boot capacity
  • Fuel Efficient - Less money spent on fuel
  • 4 & 5 Door models - Easily accessible for car seats and buggies
  • Perfect for large families or families with small children

Sporty Models - BMW Z4, 2 Series, 4 series, 8 Series, and Bmw i8

  • Available in Coupe or some as Convertibles
  • Compact designs for the Class.
  • Higher horsepower generally.
  • Better for couples with small toddlers or without children or owned by an individual driver.

SUVs - BMW X Range.

  • Some models can be specified as Front wheel or All-wheel drive.
  • Spacious cabins.
  • Good ground clearance.
  • Larger designs.

Used Ford - Purchasing Top-Tips

When it comes time to buy a used vehicle it is not a quick process. There is so much to consider. Even if you have decided what make of vehicle you want. Then you need to decide what model you want. After that, you need to find the right one to buy.

What model of Ford do you want?

So, you've decided that you are looking for a Used Ford in Birmingham. Have you chosen which model you want yet? Let's face it, there is plenty of choices. Picking the right one is going to be different for each of you. Consider your needs and what you'll use the vehicle for. If you are looking for a small car to get around town then you might want to look at a Ford KA or Ford Fiesta. Perhaps you need something a little bigger for the family or for long-distance driving? There is the Ford C-Max, S-Max, Focus, or Mondeo.

Private Sale or Dealership?

The next decision you'll likely face is whether you want to buy from a private seller or from the Trade. The usual benefit of buying a car privately is the cost. You will normally pay less through a private purchase in comparison to a dealer or trader. However, a trade source is more likely to offer peace of mind. It can even work out cheaper in the long run as the vehicle should last longer. Trade retailed cars, will be more likely to have a service history. Most Retail cars are even offered with a warranty, even on used vehicles. You will also get receipts and proof of purchase.

Condition of the vehicle

You may now know that you want a Ford, you know what model, you want, you know that you want to buy one from the Trade. How do you get the right car? At Motorserv UK we offer a Car Sourcing service. Let us take the hard work on for you. We will look for a vehicle with the right mileage, that comes with service history, and that is in good condition. As an MOT and Servicing Centre, and a professional car retailer, we can make sure the car is in top condition and we inspect every Car at our very own Workshop facility here in Solihull. Feel free to get in touch with us today about our Car Sourcing and let us find the right vehicle for you.

What else should I consider?

There are more factors to consider when buying a used Ford in Birmingham. Keeping your Ford car in good condition is important, not only to keep it running and in good condition, but if the time comes to sell the car on, you will want to make sure the service history is kept up to date. Therefore it would be a good idea to ask us about the ongoing Service costs for the Car, and how our Gold Membership packages work!

Contact Motorserv-UK Cars

Motorserv-UK Cars are always happy to help with any issues or queries regarding the purchase or selling of used cars. Motorserv-UK Cars provide a wide selection of high quality used BMWs and can source Cars to spec.

If there are any questions or help needed to aid the buying process, then contact Motorserv-UK Cars today!

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