COULD BE THE YEAR OF THE USED CAR
But make sure you check condition carefully, warns
Honestjohn.co.uk, as motorists find it almost impossible to
dodge the potholes
independent car advice site
believes that 2010 could be the year of the good value used
car. But, in the aftermath of the worse winter spell for more
than 20 years, it’s also warning used car buyers to be
especially watchful over vehicle condition before doing a deal.
Harrison, Editor of
honestjohn.co.uk explains more: “In 2009 good quality used
vehicles were thin on the ground as a direct consequence of the
severe downturn in the new car market, fleets holding onto their
stock for longer than ever and private buyers putting off
changing their cars. The result was a clamour for the remaining
stock amongst dealers and huge used car price rises. Great for
sellers – but not such good news for buyers.
the end of the year, however, we started to see a much better
supply of stock coming into dealerships and auctions, as well as
in the private market – and that meant the prices started to
settle down. I believe prices will become far more realistic as
2010 progresses and supply matches demand. But the slump in new
car sales to fleets over the past 18 months means that there
will continue to be a shortage of cars that are six months old
course, used cars definitely provide fantastic value for money –
as long as they are in good condition. And that, I think will
be the big issue for used car buyers in the next few months.
freeze that took hold in mid December has definitely made its
mark on Britain’s roads in the forms of hundreds of thousands of
potholes. It’s near-on impossible to avoid them when driving on
suburban roads if you don’t want to cause an accident. But
every pothole a driver hits could be doing unseen damage to the
wheels, tyres, body and suspension of the vehicle.”
cold snap at the start of 2009 it was reported by the AA that
there was a 40% increase in road damage which pushed the number
of potholes up to 1.5m. And the Local Government Association,
which represents councils in England and Wales, recently
reported that its members spent more than £60m filling in around
970,000 potholes last year. Plus further damage has been caused
as many roads have been dug up in the last few weeks and months
by water authorities to deal with burst pipes.
bad winter could leave a big hole in car buyers’ pockets if they
buy a vehicle that has seriously structural problems thanks to
those same potholes”, concluded Dan Harrison. “Our advice is to
make the most of the great deals that we feel sure will be
available in the used car market this spring. But make sure you
do a really thorough vehicle condition check rather than just
going on what you can see.”
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