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I would like peoples opinion on buying a used car from a car supermarket please. Whats the dos and don,ts, i would like to hear off those who have bought a car from this type of franchise( good experi…
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
I would like peoples opinion on buying a used car from a car supermarket please. Whats the dos and don,ts, i would like to hear off those who have bought a car from this type of franchise( good experience or bad), just like to hear your thoughts on this matter,with a view to probably going down this route, no pun intended

Thanks for your help
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
if ur going to cargiant then ull be ok. they are pretty straight forward. they try sell u their warranties etc but price wise they give u a good enough deal for u not to be overly concerned. are u PXing ur car?
#2
magicbeans
if ur going to cargiant then ull be ok. they are pretty straight forward. they try sell u their warranties etc but price wise they give u a good enough deal for u not to be overly concerned. are u PXing ur car?


No, but i was looking at the deposit side of things, and say a deposit was required of say a 1000 pounds or px for the deposit, i would just buy an old banger and use that.
#3
I bought from a London based one some years ago, I would suggest that you arrange your own finance as they would not budge much on the rate, sell your car privately and do no PX with them.
They are now great on personal service afterwards, the car had a problem and they were quite off hand telling me to take it to a local Renault garage as it was warrantee work, I did point out that I purchased from them and would want them to find the correct place to take it and the guy all but put the phone down on me..
Conclusion.. the car was a great deal but dont expect too much from the seller. :thumbsup:
#4
not sure about deposits....which car supermaret u looking at?
#5
I wouldnt buy from one of these places. They are quite 'pushy' and once you've signed on the dotted line they don't care about you anymore, so god help you if you have any problems you'll have to fight tooth and nail to get any where.

The last time i went to one (CarCraft) they tried to make me buy a car i'd not even seen!! :w00t:
#6
magicbeans
not sure about deposits....which car supermaret u looking at?


To be honest have ,nt a clue at the mo,
#7
snarff
No, but i was looking at the deposit side of things, and say a deposit was required of say a 1000 pounds or px for the deposit, i would just buy an old banger and use that.



I would not rely on a PX for a deposit, when I took my car in, which was selling for circa £1500 at the time, they offered my £800 take it or leave it. The guy was happy to tell me that old cars were not something they wanted and it would be shipped straight out to auction. Told me to sell privately and come back with the cash...
#8
I've used Cargiant in the past... Service wise I can't really fault them, it was all dead easy, and got to drive the car away the same day. It was a few years ago now so I can't remember much about the financial side, apart from their rates were VERY expensive. I think they add the desposit onto the cost of the car/loan,

The best thing about them was the amount of cars they have in the place, so much more choice than going to a local dealer who may only have ten or twenty cars.

I never had any contact with them after I drove away, so I can't comment on their after sales.
#9
Babbabooey
I've used Cargiant in the past... Service wise I can't really fault them, it was all dead easy, and got to drive the car away the same day. It was a few years ago now so I can't remember much about the financial side, apart from their rates were VERY expensive. I think they add the desposit onto the cost of the car/loan,

The best thing about them was the amount of cars they have in the place, so much more choice than going to a local dealer who may only have ten or twenty cars.

I never had any contact with them after I drove away, so I can't comment on their after sales.


defo we always buy from there. and i dont find they are pushy at all as the staff look lie they are on minimum wage and will only mae commission on selling warranties. they havent got time to be pushy as there is so much area and cars/people to cover. so u can shop without someone staring at u!!

again i dont know about the rates as we always buy what we can afford without having to finance the car.

good luck:thumbsup:
#10
Deposits differ between the car supermarkets but most will take a holding deposit of say £300-£500 for a few days and will often require more if your looking at a week or more. The only thing is, make certain it is a car you want as you are unlikely to get the money refunded with most of them if you decide not to go for the car.

I would suggest you do no impulse buy and do a little homework on the car your after before you go to any car supermarket. Check out prices for similar cars from Autotrader as many advertise there and if you are able to find a cheaper price, print it out and take this with you. Some car supermarkets will price match the competition.

If you find any faults whilst looking around the car, such as missing trim, you can also use this to try and knock money off the price of to have it rectified before buying. Finance is best dealt with before you go if needed as you have a guaranteed source of funding. Don't mention this to the salesman and once you discuss the price ask what the best rate they can offer as some are licensed credit brokers and are able to adjust the APR!

Good luck

- one more thing, if the car doesn't have any manufacturers warranty remaining, don't touch it if there isn't any service history!
#11
Just to add, i will have to get finance from the place where i get the car from, no go with my bank.:whistling:
banned#12
Good for prices but awful for after sales service

its all about the sales (a bit like play.com lol)

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