Friday August 26th, 2011 12:12 Why Buy a Used Mercedes?

Think of luxury in the world of vehicles, and the name that immediately springs to mind is Mercedes. Since they produced their first vehicle in 1901, Mercedes have prided themselves on creating high quality, luxurious cars that will last a lifetime. All of Mercedes’ cars are equipped with a rigorously tested engine, a custom steering system and unparalleled build quality. Each of these combine to make the Mercedes driving experience smooth, safe and silent, even at high speeds.

Because Mercedes vehicles offer the ultimate in quality, buying a new one can be hugely expensive. But, because of their high construction quality, a Mercedes is a car the can last a lifetime. This makes used Mercedes a great investment. You can experience the same smooth, pleasurable drive as you can in a new Mercedes, but at a fraction of the cost.

The majority of new cars have a tendency to devalue as soon as you drive them off the showroom forecourt. Because of their classic comfort, reliable drive and timeless style, Mercedes vehicles retain their value much better than other brands of vehicles. Generally, they devalue for a few years after their production, then levels off. This means that, if you buy a Mercedes that is a few years old, you will make a considerable saving on the cost of a new vehicle, yet its value should remain the same for many years.

Many new vehicles, even those as reliable as Mercedes, can have problems. Certain factory defects can result in entire ranges having to be recalled. When you buy a used Mercedes, you will be able to see the full service history of the vehicle, allowing you to be informed about any problems or repairs the vehicle may have had, and prepare yourself for any maintenance they may need to be performed. You can also talk to the dealer or previous owner about the reliability and running costs of the vehicle.

The current Mercedes range consists of 15 different passenger vehicles. However, throughout their history, Mercedes have produced dozens of different models. When you opt for a used Mercedes, you’ll have the choice of every model they have ever produced. Whether you would prefer a car with classic styling, or a model that is no longer in production, a used Mercedes dealer will be able to find it for you.

Whether you want your car to be a luxury status symbol or a comfortable family run-around, a Mercedes is an excellent choice. By opting to buy a used Mercedes, you can get the car of your dreams at a bargain price.

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Wednesday August 24th, 2011 12:48 New Ways of Selling Used Cars

If I was to sell my car on the internet, then there would be a number of websites that I would naturally gravitate towards. I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only person to think of going straight to Autotrader, Ebay and Gumtree.

All three websites are hugely popular in different ways. Autotrader has been in the used car business for over 30 years, Ebay is the most popular place online when it comes to buying and selling things, and Gumtree is the UK’s number one classified ads site. The Autotrader website boasts over 10 million users per month, far exceeding the volume of any other used car website.

With that in mind, using these websites would potentially expose my car to a greater audience, but would that increase the likelihood of me being able to sell my car?

As is the case on Autotrader, listing my car on Ebay and Gumtree requires me to spend time making my car look as appealing to potential buyers as possible. That requires taking photos and writing a detailed description. With so many cars up for sale, there is a great deal of pressure to make my listing stand out without bending the truth. It’s a time consuming business and, let’s be honest, when I’m selling something, I just want to get the business over with as quickly and as smoothly as possible, whilst getting what I think is a fair price.

Unlike other websites, I am not required to create a detailed listing on the Wewillbuyyourcar website. I also don’t have to worry about trying to convince someone to buy my car.

All I have to do is enter my car registration number and provide them with key information about the condition of the car such as its mileage and any scratches or marks it may have. Once Wewillbuyyourcar has this information, they offer you a price and if it’s an acceptable price for you, then all you have to do is choose where you want your car to be picked up. It’s a simple process, and certainly plays into your hands if you are looking to offload your old car quickly.

Providing them with the facts is a lot easier to do than come up with a description to make your car stand out from the crowd. Another major plus of the website is that, unlike Autotrader and Ebay, you’re not subjected to any selling or listing fees. With that in mind, it makes sense to make my first port of call the next time I sell my car online. After all, if I don’t like the offer they make, I can always try my luck convincing someone to buy my car elsewhere.

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Thursday April 14th, 2011 15:38 Tesco enter the Used Car Market

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, has entered the used car market with the launch of the website Tesco Cars.

Citing the tens of thousands of consumers who complain every year to the watchdog Consumer Direct about the service they receive in the traditional motor market, Andrew Higginson, CEO of Retailing Services at Tesco, believes that Tesco Cars will be able to provide consumers with a simpler, more reliable and cost effective service than many used-car dealers currently provide.
In a press release announcing the launch of the website, Higginson said: “By supplying directly to customers, there is no middle man, expensive showroom and no sales people on commission. Buyers can be sure they are getting the best value out there – and we will say ‘thank you’ with 2,000 Clubcard points.”

The website promises a selection of up to 3,000 second-hand cars every week, all between six months and three years old, and all independently inspected by the RAC. Additionally, cars listed on the website will be sourced from retail and business stock, and will typically come with a full service history.

Customers can either make an immediate purchase by selecting the ‘Buy it Now’ option, or they can select the ‘Pre-Order’ option to reserve their chosen car. Selecting this option comes at the cost of a £99 handling fee, although this is refundable should customers decide against purchasing the car.

It may seem problematic that the Tesco Cars website doesn’t allow customers to either see in person or drive a car before they buy it, but Tesco Cars aim to get around this by providing buyers with a seven day, no quibble, money-back guarantee if they are unhappy with their purchase. It will be interesting to see if this becomes an issue, but Sir Trevor Chinn, Chairman of Tesco Cars appears confident that Tesco’s move into the used car market will provide “a positive new experience for today’s car buyer.”


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