After making decisions about how to finance your car, you’ll be wondering where to go and buy one. If you decide to go for a new car, there are plenty of show rooms around that can help you out with this. If you’ve decided to go ahead and buy a used car, there are a number of ways you can go about this and some of these ways are riskier than others. There are pros and cons for each way to go about it so in this guide, we are going to talk you through the places you could buy your second hand car as well as the good and bad for each.
Whether a franchise or an independent, dealers can facilitate your purchase of buying a used car. Your consumer rights with a dealer are protected and stronger than if you choose to buy through a private arrangement. A car bought from somewhere like crownhonda.co.uk is also more likely to have a warranty still on the vehicle and you would be more than likely able to part-exchange your existing car. Car finance options tend to be more readily available for a car bought from a dealer and this opens up more options for you as a buyer.
Cars with dealers tend to have had inspections and be ready and expecting to negotiate with you on a car deal. This translates to certain times of the year when you can get a much better deal on a used car than others. The issues though, tend to be that dealers’ prices tend to be higher than if buying a car privately. Yes, you pay for a little more security, but it can make buying a car that little bit out of reach. Understanding how to negotiate the best deal with a dealer can be difficult and so you should always take someone with you to help you broker the best deal if you’re not confident. Warranties with dealers, while handy to have, can include restrictive clauses and so you need to ensure you read the fine print before you sign on the dotted line
Other options for car purchase include a private seller but the biggest obstacle here is that cars bought privately are often ‘sold as seen’ and so if there are any problems, you have less of a legal comeback. The good thing is that you are far more likely to pay less than if you bought the same car from a dealer and if the seller is desperate for a buyer you can negotiate good discounts on the basis you can take the car away there and then. You also get the added advantage of meeting the previous owner and you can know a little more about the car history.
Whichever way you go when it comes to buying a used car, you have to be smart about the choices you make and ask all the right questions.
There’s nothing like the festive atmosphere of a Christmas market whether that be at home or abroad and being abroad sometimes can make it feel far more authentic than the German Christmas Market in Birmingham. The season to start decking the halls and serve up homemade gingerbread men and mulled wine is very nearly upon us and to kick off your Christmas shopping you need a winter break to get those special presents sorted. Stalls around Christmas markets are heavy with wine, meat and roasting chestnuts. You’ve just got to get involved! You can hire a car or people carrier through a website like www.verc.com and get the whole family involved in a weekend away at the best Christmas markets. Whether you are travelling abroad or staying nearer to home, we’ve put together our top destinations in a two-part guide that will get you right in the festive spirit.
- Vienna: Found in the romantic square of the Austrian capital, twenty-five markets spring up on the beautiful cobbled streets which promise elegant gifts in a unique and truly festive setting. The entire city of Vienna get involved with the events, a tradition that began in the 17th The Viennese Christmas Market stands directly in front of City Hall with a charming backdrop perfect for traditional shopping. The highlight other than the delicious aromas that dance from stall to stall are the beautiful voices of international choirs as you search through for that perfect and unique gift for your loved one. There’s nothing quite like a Viennese Christmas Market and taking the time to book a break and have a look around is something you won’t regret.
- Strasbourg: The home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe, there are three hundred stalls promising handcrafted gifts, decorations for the tree and indulgent treats for the taste buds. Not forgetting of course, the rich heavy flavours of the traditional Bredle sweets you can find at every corner. The winter wonderland is always best late in the afternoon as the Christmas lights turn on and the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread waft through the air. If you’re not fussy on lights, then going earlier in the morning means more time to look with less crowds. If you’ve hired your vehicle through a site like verc.com you could get fabulous discounts and offers so always check online before you go.
- Brussels: Always famous for its beer and chocolate choices, it’s unsurprisingly a favourite amongst the lovers of the Christmas period. Easily accessed via a hop on the Eurostar, it is perfect for finding Christmas gifts without the fuss. Festively lined in an array of Christmas trees and colourful mood lighting, the market exudes a fantastic festive atmosphere and houses excellent shopping opportunities. The ice rink centred in the market square is perfect for the family and a fun and exciting way to build an appetite for sampling Belgian culinary delights.
Ultimately you have many choices for where you decide to go for your Christmas market break, and that choice lays with you!