Buy Green: What to Look for When Buying a Second Hand Car

Buying a used car is a process which can benefit from even the smallest amount of planning. From selecting the size and model you’re after to checking under the hood to look for defects and red flags, buying the right car can be something of an art. Here, we take a look at several things which everyone should consider when looking for an environmentally friendly second hand car.

The benefits of going green

It’s not only new cars which offer drivers the chance to drive something green. Low fuel consumption has been a number one priority for manufacturers now for some time, meaning there are a number of eco-friendly models out there on the used car market.

A green vehicle will not only save the planet, but will save you money in several ways. In addition to the money saved on fuel, a lower level of emissions could put your in a lower tax bracket or even make you exempt from paying London’s congestion charge.

As green credentials become increasingly important, buying a green vehicle from the AA cars today will also ensure that it’s easier for you to sell when the time comes around.

Service history

For obvious reasons, it’s important to buy a vehicle which is in good physical shape. If you’re not clued up on the mechanics of a vehicle, one thing you can still look for is a full service history. This ensures you are aware of the car’s track record to date. It’s also important for you to know that any work has been carried out by a reputable professional.

Thinking to the future

When it comes to second hand cars, a good purchase is one which will last you a long time. For this reason, it is always a good idea for you to look to the future to consider how your needs might change over time. 

If you have any plans to move home to a different part of the country or to expand your family, your needs could well change and it’s important to filter these considerations into any decision you make.   


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