• Used Cars FAQ's

Used Cars FAQ's

What to look for when buying a used car?

When buying a used car, you’ll want to check a number of things, such as its overall condition and service history. In addition, you’ll need to ensure your chosen model fits your requirements in terms of space, age and mileage, and fuel type. Ensure you go for a test drive to be sure the car is right for you.

What you need to check when buying a new car

  • The condition of the bodywork.
  • The condition of the interior.
  • The tread depth and condition of the tyres.
  • The engine, clutch and gearbox, all of which can be checked during a test drive.
  • Supporting documentation such as the V5C and service history.

Are used cars reliable?

Vehicles are being made to a higher standard than ever, meaning that used cars are generally considered reliable. Buying an Approved Used car from a reputable dealer gives you more confidence, as these undergo rigorous checks before sale and often come with a warranty for your ongoing peace of mind. ​

What checks are made on Approved Used cars?

A multi-point check is carried out on Approved Used models, which tests up to 120 items including mechanical parts and paintwork. Any issues that are found are then fixed. A history check is also typically run, which verifies the car’s ownership, roadworthiness, finance status, mileage and theft and crash history.​

Can I get finance on used cars?

A range of finance options are available on used cars, many of which can be tailored to suit your budget. At Wilsons, we offer several packages including Hire Purchase and Personal Contract Purchase options. These are among the most popular. Contact us today to find out more. ​

What used car can I buy for £10,000?

When it comes to buying a used car, there are many options to choose from with a budget of £10,000 – from hatchbacks such as the Dacia Sandero and Vauxhall Corsa to family cars such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Scenic. You’ll comfortably find a model under five years old too. ​

What used car can I buy for £5,000?

With a more modest budget of £5,000, you still have plenty of choice, although larger vehicles are likely to have a few more miles behind them. At Wilsons, our selection of used cars under £5,000 includes the Fiat Panda, Citroen C4 Picasso and Vauxhall Astra.​

What are the advantages of purchasing a used car?

Purchasing a used car from Wilsons has many benefits. Not only can you obtain a great vehicle for a reduced price, you also have the reassurance of knowing full checks have been carried out. Having been driven before, used cars have often had any teething issues that may arise in the first months of ownership remedied too.​

Are used car warranties worth it?

A used car warranty often comes as standard with vehicles from reputable dealers, but these can vary in length. Consider an extended warranty if you’d like the continued peace of mind that this provides. These typically cover the same components and give you more protection should a fault arise in that time. ​

Do you offer part exchange on used cars?

Here at Wilsons, we’re happy to offer part-exchange for used cars. Our team will provide a fair valuation of your model based on its resale price, mileage and condition, and will be happy to accept it as a deposit towards your next car from us. ​

What are the top selling used cars?

The top selling used cars vary a little from year to year, but rest assured that we stock the nations favourites here at Wilsons. These models are regularly available at a competitive price – simply search our used car stock to find your ideal car. ​

Can I lease a used car?

Although leasing is more common when buying a new car, it is possible to take out a leasing agreement on a used vehicle. To find out more about the finance packages we offer for used cars at Wilsons, get in touch with a member of our team today. ​

Can I test drive a used car?

At Wilsons, we encourage you to test drive your shortlisted models before committing to a purchase. Test driving a used car means you can check that it feels right for you, as well as giving you an opportunity to identify any issues. Contact us today to book an appointment.​

Which used car warranty is the best?

Used cars often come with a warranty provided by the dealership as standard. If you’re considering an extended warranty, however, you’ll need to think about what kind of cover you want, and how long you’d like it for. This will help you determine the best used car warranty for your needs.

Wilsons Trade Sales

Wilsons Trade Sales are all about selling great cars at low prices. Our stock are vehicles that have come in to Wilsons as part exchanges and trade ins, that we have taken in as we know they are excellent vehicles.

You can buy with peace of mind knowing all vehicles are quality checked. Using the latest diagnostic equipment and expertise, our team carry out thorough inspections and safety checks on all our used cars. Plus our cars are HPI and CAP checked, so you can be sure there’s no finance owing and that they haven’t been stolen or written off.

We have 100s of discount cars in one easy location, helping you find the perfect car within your budget. Low prices, huge savings and quality assured. Visit us today at the end of Kiln Lane.


All our vehicles are subject to an Admin Fee. Our Admin Fee covers any additional administration needed during your transaction, including a thorough provenance check (HPI Check). The vehicle provenance investigation checks if a car has finance owing, is stolen, cloned, written off or clocked, giving you real confidence in your car. Our vehicle checks carried out during preparation also include a cosmetic and mechanical assessment of each vehicle. The admin fee also includes the cost to fully valet, register and, if necessary, MOT your vehicle (if less than 6 months left of current MOT).

Our administration fee is a variable fee which covers the additional administration needed when transacting with different categories of customers as specified:

All of the above fees are inclusive of VAT