Friday, June 15, 2007

Buying cars online in the UK

Buying a used car is often a gamble - you never know what's wrong with the car until you have used it for a while. Even if there is still several months before the next MOT, you might find have your car breaking down on the middle of the motorway in the middle of the night. However, if you take the necessary precautions and do the required checks, you should be OK.

We really had a tough time searching for a used car when we first moved to Coventry, as we had a tight budget- what with the rental for a new house and all that. Anyway, I checked with the newspapers and a few online used car dealers, but it took me some time before could find one that I liked and suited my budget as well. The used car sites didn't impress me at all. Some of the people I called up had already sold their cars but their listings were still up even after a few weeks.

I wish I had known about as it would have made my life a lot more easier. Though relatively new (it only went live in August last year), this Used Cars site has become quite popular. When I last checked, it had a Google PR of 5 and Alexa ranking of 32,989. It is also #1 on Google search for "Used Cars UK". There is a reason for that. The site is packed with a number of impressive and innovative features that makes it easier for customers and sellers alike.

I totally agree with their philosophy that "...advertising online is more than just a simple listing and picture."

You can search the listings on the site by Car Make, Model, Details (for example, 1.8 red), Price range, Distance from Postcode and Seller Type (private, dealer or both), with the results sorted by Latest Offers, Lowest Price, Highest Price and Distance search.

The distance search feature is a welcome feature. I wouldn't want to go all the way to London to buy a car listed by an owner there (unless of course there was something very special about the car).

One of the pages I really found interesting on the site was the "Car review" page. The have listed different car brands and given a brief history of each. They plan to have customer reviews in the future.

Dealers advertising with BuyYourCar will get:
- Standard listings,
- Individual Listings,
- Dedicated pages in the site,
- Dedicated pages that list stock by Make,
– Dedicated pages that list stock by Price, as well as
- Online enquiry forms, Google location maps with interactive directions.
Go to the site for more information.

If you are looking for a used car in the UK, I definitely recommend this site.

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