Your stereo is no longer drowning out that knocking sound and the little red light is permanently on. Whether you want to admit it or not, it might be time you were looking for a new car. You need something reliable, something that’s going to get you from A to B, smoothly, quickly and with no dramas. Image from Pexels: cc0 licence

The big question isn’t so much which type of car you get, it’s where you get it from. In this blog, we explore the pros and cons of dealership versus private selling and reveal our top tips on driving away from a bargain.


If your budget is a little more flexible and you’re fairly open-minded on what kind of car you want, then a dealership is a good option. For a start they may operate a scrappage scheme, getting rid of your old vehicle or offering a part exchange. 

The main advantages of buying from a dealership, like Davies Car Sales, is, for the most part, you’re buying a car that comes with some guarantees. That might be for just a few months but it gives you the confidence that the vehicle has been checked over and there are no nasty surprises.

What can be more of a struggle is facing the prospect of dealing with a salesperson who seems determined to have you part with more cash than you intended. The trick is to do your research ahead of time. Look into the make and model of the car you’re hoping to buy and the average asking price.

Go into negotiations with two figures in your head: the price you’d like to pay and the top end you’re prepared to pay. Your final price should be somewhere between these two numbers. Be prepared to negotiate for a few added extras and be ready to walk away should you need to. That deal is not a one off and you’ll find it again so remember that you hold the cards.


The great thing about going through a private dealer is, if you know what you’re looking for, driving away a real bargain. The trick, of course, is finding a car that is everything it says it is with no hidden problems.

Unless you are an expert, we would always recommend hiring a professional’s time for a morning. Set up several car viewings and allow them to check over your potential buys before you make a decision.

Always make sure that the car has the correct paperwork and that the mileage looks right for the age of the car. Buying a new vehicle can be a hassle and it can see you parting with a lot of money but for the sake of no more knocking sounds and an engine light that stays off, it’s well worth putting in the time and effort of getting a car that’s sound and reliable.

Take you time, shop around and drive away happy knowing you’ve got a safe, reliable bargain in your hands.

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