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MyCarCheck top tips for used car buyers February 2015:
Leon FR Tdi, Fabia and Insignia praised as 15-plate launch looms
MyCarCheck — the UK’s No.1 consumer vehicle data provider — has saved millions of people from making an expensive used car mistake. In these monthly bulletins its used car experts reveal significant trends in the UK market and suggest three wise buys:
- Highly desirable: Seat Leon FR Tdi.
- Safe bet: Skoda Fabia.
- Used star: Vauxhall Insignia.
Head of Valuation Services at MyCarCheck, Gavin Amos, commented: “Our highly desirable model this month is the Seat Leon FR Tdi. A winning combination of sporty looks, great fuel economy and healthy residual values make the FR Tdi a strong secondhand contender. So long as you do a history check to ensure the one you’re looking at is what it claims to be — for instance, that it hasn’t been previously written-off — this Leon variant has a lot going for it.
“In terms of cars that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than the Skoda Fabia. Forget any lingering badge snobbery, the Fabia represents a great value package. When it comes to negotiating, remember, as well as revealing a car’s history, MyCarCheck.com also provides vehicle valuations — a great tool for haggling with dealers or private sellers.”
“For our ‘used star’ this month we’ve chosen the Vauxhall Insignia. Steady if slightly unspectacular, the Insignia copes with plenty of miles very well, making it a great secondhand option. They are abundant in the used market so choose wisely and you can get a lot of bang for your buck. As always, do your homework and check before you buy.”
As to market trends, Amos commented: “Despite sub-zero temperatures and sporadic bouts of snowfall, the weather doesn’t seem to have hit forecourt footfall. 4x4 sales have reportedly been strong and the new registration in March will bring in some good quality used stock in part exchange.
“Overall, used car values have remained pretty flat, although pre-2006 examples of Mondeo-size cars appear to be in steady decline, particularly petrol examples. The crossover sector remains strong with the Qashqai still leading the pack, although the Mitsubishi ASX and Toyota Rav 4 look good value alternatives.
“One interesting development to note is that savvy dealers are employing innovative tactics to replenish their sparse used car pitches. Some prestige dealers are even sending text messages to their customers saying: Cars Wanted Up To 60k Miles.”
MyCarCheck.com’s parent company, CDL Vehicle Information Services, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Confused.com, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco Compare and WhatCar?.
It uses up-to-the-minute data from the Police (NPIA – previously known as the Police National Computer or PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB and Santander.
To help UK consumers make the right choice, MyCarCheck.com can confirm in seconds whether your potential pride and joy has ever been scrapped, stolen or written-off, has any money owing on it, has had a plate or colour change and much more.
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