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Used Car Buyers Are Playing Safe

Used Car Buyers Are Playing Safe

Everybody likes an exciting car and most people, given the appropriate funds, would no doubt plump for something exotic and desirable. Alfa Romeo, for example, continually design exquisite cars; sadly though there is always a ‘but’ at the end of the purchase.

With AR there is always that reliability issue at the back of a buyers mind. They say – and can be believed – that their cars have never been better at not breaking down or succumbing to electrical gremlins BUT, if you know the company’s sketchy history in this regard, it will always be a mental niggle and cause for concern.

They are by no means the only car maker with long-standing reputations for unreliability and, in these shaky financial times, what most ordinary motorists want and need is peace of mind. Rising motoring costs coupled with the general astronomic cost of living means that drivers are starting to become wary about used cars and used car dealers are beginning to understand this.

Buyers are often surprised these days by the difference in what they would like against what they can actually afford. Car dealers are now representing what some would say to be rather ordinary cars as having a sort of ‘new credibility’ when it comes to a buying choice.

Gone are the days when the heart could rule the head. Instead, today’s prospective car buyer is looking for very well maintained stock with full service histories, suitable warranties, simple economic servicing schedules and, crucially, a real reputation for being reliable over time. In short – a vehicle they know they can trust.

It’s a sign of the times. Only the well-to-do can afford to take chance on car choice these days. The rest of us will have to make do with the best that we can afford. What you buy may not set your pulses racing but at least you be confident that there’ll not be any nasty surprises around the corner.

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