Used Cars

Are used cars worth it?

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We believe so. In fact, there are more than eight million pre-owned vehicles sold every year, meaning that motorists value the worth to be found in a used car. With automotive technology better than ever, buying secondhand no longer presents a risk - you can often secure a vehicle that truly is as good as new.

How many miles on a used car is too much?

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On average, a vehicle should cover approximately 12,000 miles per year. So, if you’re viewing a model that is three years of age, anything under 36,000 miles represents good value for money.

How long is a warranty on used cars?

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A warranty on a used car typically runs for either three, six, or 12 months. However, there is often the opportunity to extend this for an additional cost. Speak to a member of the team today.

Which used cars are the most reliable?

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In research carried out by What Car?, it was determined that those vehicles offering the highest levels of reliability were the Toyota Yaris and the Lexus CT.

Do I need insurance before I buy a used car?

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Vehicle insurance is a legal requirement for any motorist. As such, you should seek to arrange cover in order to complete any purchase.

What are the best used cars for new drivers?

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New drivers are typically young in age and thus looking for a great deal. With expensive insurance premiums to take into consideration, it pays to choose those vehicles with smaller engines and which are not as expensive to run.

Can I return a used car?

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We try to always offer a cooling off period for you to get used to your vehicle and its suitability. Speak to a member of our team to learn more about any returns.

What are the most popular used cars?

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Vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus regularly top the charts for the most popular pre-owned cars in the UK, with their style, value, and performance second to none.

Why buying a used car is better?

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There are many reasons why buying a used car is better than new, including the fact that not only is the purchase price lower, but the amount of depreciation is also smaller.

Are used cars reliable?

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Assuming you purchase from a reputable source, there’s no reason that your used car should be unreliable. At Minstergate, we only sell models that meet the exacting standards of our team of technicians.

What do I need to do when I buy a used car?

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It pays to be as informed as possible when purchasing a used car. Ensure you’re able to find out all you can about past ownership and any work that has been carried out, and always make sure you take a model for a test drive before purchasing.

Can you lease a used car?

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Here at Minstergate, we try to accommodate all motorists’ needs, so liaise with a member of the team today to learn more about leasing a used car.

What used car should I buy?

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Deciding which model is ideal for you will depend on a number of factors, including budget, requirements, preference, and driving experience. The best way is to take your time and browse through a range of models and take test drives to find ‘the one’.

Where can I buy used cars?

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Here at Minstergate we have a wide selection of vehicles that offer great value for money and exceptional quality. Take a look through our used car listings to find a model that suits you.

What should I look for when buying a used car?

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Always take the time to carefully check any vehicle you wish to purchase for any imperfections. You should also ask the seller to provide you with all the relevant paperwork and information on past work and servicing before you buy.

Are used cars still under warranty?

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Used car warranties are often available for models in our lineup. Speak to a member of our team today to learn more.

What used cars are the cheapest to insure?

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Smaller models with smaller engine sizes are often the cheapest to insure, with vehicles like the Volkswagen Polo and SKODA Citigo among the most affordable.

Which used cars are selling the fastest?

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Recent research by AutoTrader has investigated those models which are among the fastest selling around, with the SEAT Alhambra the surprise model in terms of days taken to sell, clocking in at an average of 23 days.

Servicing​

How often should I service my car?

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Every 12 months or 12,000 miles is the industry accepted period between vehicle servicing. 

What is a full-service history?

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A full service history is a complete record of work that has been carried out on a used vehicle.

How much will it cost to service my car?

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The cost for vehicle servicing typically starts from £145. However, we at Minstergate can provide regular special offers that enable you to save on any work that is required.

How long does a car service take?

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A regular vehicle service typically takes no longer than three hours to complete.

Should I service my car at the dealership?

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It is recommended that a service is completed by the dealership as they will be able to place an authorised servicing stamp in your logbook - something that is vital for preserving the resale value of your vehicle.

How often should I get my car battery placed?

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A car battery typically becomes unusable after about five years, but it is advised that you replace every three years.

A full car service inspects more than 50 components in your vehicle, ranging from tyre tread to windscreen wipers and everything in between.

What is a MOT?

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The MOT test in an annual test of the roadworthiness and safety of your vehicle. It is a legal requirement for vehicles aged over three years of age and can be carried out at an authorised testing centre.

Are car service plans worth it?

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We believe so, as they spread the cost of your annual servicing and help you fix the price you will pay.

Is a car service necessary?

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While there is no legal requirement for your vehicle to be serviced - unlike with an MOT certificate - regular servicing plays a vital role in ensuring your vehicle operates at its best for longer and is safe out on the road. What’s more, a vehicle with a complete service history preserves its resale value for longer.

What does a car service include?

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A vehicle service checks dozens of vehicle components and functions, ranging from engine oil levels to lights, tyre tread to exhaust fumes.

What can fail your MOT?

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A vehicle can fail for a number of reasons, ranging from excessive fumes to inadequate tyre tread. You will always be provided with full details on why your vehicle has failed its test.

When should you check your tyre pressure?

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Tyre pressure should be checked every couple of weeks, and even more frequently with seasonal weather changes. Many vehicles now feature a tyre pressure monitoring system which does this automatically.

When should I service my car?

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Vehicle servicing should be carried out every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes soonest.