Things You Should Know Before Buying a Used Volkswagen

Buying a used car can be daunting, but not if you know what to avoid. Remember these top tips and you’ll find yourself the perfect used car without all the headaches of a bad deal.

Not all Used Car Dealers are Trustworthy

Most, but not all, car dealers are good guys – unfortunately, a few are out to rip you off. Dodgy dealers can tamper with mileage and paperwork, cover up problems, or even sell you a car that they know is knocking on car heaven's door.

The best way to avoid this is to buy your used Volkswagen from a VW approved dealership. The Volkswagen website has a find-a-retailer service to help you find an official local dealer, but you’re best doing some of your own research too. Look online. What are their reviews like on Google, social media, other forums?  If you don’t like what you see, look elsewhere.

If a Used Car Looks too Good to be True, it Probably is

It's true that you get what you pay for.  There's no denying that buying a Volkswagen will save you big in the long run (it is after all, the 'people's car'), but within reason.  If you’ve found yourself a gorgeous VW Beetle with less than 20,000 miles for a few grand – it’s too good to be true. There's an average price for most used cars which genuine dealers won’t go much further below, unless there’s something wrong with it.  So compare the price of any make and model you're looking at with the price of some used car dealerships nearest to you and see if there's a price gap big enough to make you feel uneasy.

That's not to say you can't get a good deal though.  Currently, EuroCanterbury Volkswagen in Kent has got a fantastic Volkswagen Golf with just 66,000 miles on the clock at just £8,290. That’s less than half the retail price and it comes fully serviced and checked, so you can trust it won’t let you down.

Buy from Dealerships, not eBay or Gumtree

Buying a car from a dealer may cost more but gives legal protection under the Sale of Goods Act. This means the car must match the description given by the seller. It should also be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose and roadworthy.  If you find there was a problem with the car when you bought it, you can ask the dealer for your money back or a repair.

If you buy from an individual, they will not be held to the same standards and you could end up stuck with a lemon and no legal recourse to protect you.

When you buy from EuroCanterbury you know you’re in safe hands. All our used cars are serviced and tested to ensure that they’re in great condition according to the Das WeltAuto programme which includes a 142-point check, a 30-day ‘No Quibble’ exchange in case you change your mind, a 12 month warranty and 12 months’ roadside assistance – now doesn’t that sound better than buying from your local dodgy dealer?