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Should You Head North To Buy a Used Car?

This week Acklam Car Centre asks whether if you’re living in the South, you should head north if you’re looking for an affordable used car.


Acklam Car Centre Provides Competitively Priced Used Cars

If you’re looking for a quality used car at a price you can actually afford, Acklam Car Centre are here to help. Our diverse range of competitively priced second hand cars has helped us to become one of the largest growing second hand car dealers in the North of England.


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Considering the fact that we’ve got some of the most competitively priced used cars in the country, and that we’re based in the North, we’ve often heard that prices are generally cheaper in the North, but is there any truth to this?

Second Hand Cars Are Cheaper up North

This week the Telegraph featured an article questioning whether it was cheaper to sell your car in the North of the Country than in the South, and it certainly made for interesting reading.

Basically, the writer went on to suggest that used car valuation services CAP Automotive and Glass’s, generally held that it was cheaper to buy a used car in the North than in the South, especially when it came to diesel cars, which were held to be 20% more expensive in London and Wales, than they were in the North and Scotland.

96% Agree Pricing Influenced by Geographical Location

Phil Northard, CAP’s retail and consumer specialist, commented on the issue to the publication, saying: “We asked dealers and 96 per cent agreed that pricing was influenced by geographical location. I remember from my days as a dealer, speaking to buyers who would travel up to the north and Midlands to buy small automatics to take back down to London.”

It seems that nothing much has changed since those days. Glass went on to use the example of a three year old Ford Focus 1.6 five door to prove the point. According to Glass, this model would be, on average, £375 cheaper to buy from a northern second hand car dealer than a southern one.

So there you have it; Acklam Car Centre suggests that if you want value for money on your second hand car, you head north!

What should you look for when you are buying a van?

Here at Acklam Car Centre, we like to make sure that we have whatever type of vehicle you need. This is why we regularly feature vans. What should you be looking for when you decide it’s time to buy a van?

We know here at Acklam Car Centre that a van is an entirely different beast than a car. With a van, you are looking for something practical, something to help you work or to provide enough room for the everyday needs of a family.

This means that what works for a car, might not necessarily work when you are buying a van.  So, getting straight to the point, readers, what should you be looking for when you decide it’s time to buy your first van?

Space is obviously the biggest thing. You are buying the van for this reason in the first place. Think about how much space you are getting with what’s on offer. Is it enough for your needs? Is it too much? Think about how much money you want to pay.

However, space isn’t the only thing you need to think about when you’re buying your first van. You also need to consider mileage. This is really important when you’re getting a second hand van because they’re used a lot for things like work, so it will have clocked up a lot of miles. This information should be freely available from whoever is selling you the van.

Another thing that can be a real issue with vans is the brakes. This is because of a general driving rule. The larger the vehicle is, the stronger your brakes need to be to be effective. Always ask to check the brakes, the ultimate safety measure, before you even think of buying.

Finally, when it comes to buying a van you really need to think about the tyres of the vehicle. Again, the tyres get a lot of action on vans, so if you’re buying new, make sure they will endure. If you’re buying second hand, make sure they will last for a long time.

When you’re thinking about buying a van you need to remember readers that it’s a very practical vehicle. If you have any doubts at all about the vehicle that you are buying, ask for the relevant information. If they are a reputable dealer, like Acklam Car Centre, they will be only too willing to provide you with that information.

Simple steps to help you sell your car faster | Acklam Car Centre

When you decide to sell your car, naturally, you want to get the best price. However, the reality is that if you want a good outcome, so you need to dedicate some time and energy to sprucing up your vehicle. Spend a few hours giving the car a thorough clean. Begin by removing all of the clutter; personal belongings, food wrappers, napkins should all be removed from the floors, the glove box and the boot.

You will then need to wash the car (both the inside and the outside). You can get this done professionally, or if you’re on a budget, you can do this yourself. If you opt for the latter, be careful about the cleaning products that you use; make sure that you choose the appropriate cleaning product for the material or upholstery you intend to clean.

You should also hoover the floors, in between the seats, and inside the boot, so as to ensure that the car is completely free from crumbs and dirt. Once you are finished, you might want to pop a new air freshener into the car. Buyers will be far more inclined to purchase a vehicle which is spotless and fresh smelling, than one which is musty and filled with clutter.

acklam car centreThe next step is to decide on a price. Used car dealerships like Acklam Car Centre will be able to provide you with a quote very quickly, but in addition to seeking out quotes from these kinds of companies, you may also want to browse through your local classifieds, and see how much others are charging for cars which are similar to yours.

Upon getting quotes from places like Acklam Car Centre, you may decide to sell to them. If, however, you opt to sell your car privately, you will need to begin advertising it. You can do this on advertising sites online, as well as in the classifieds in your local town. You may also want to use your social media profiles to advertise your car; this is a particularly good option if you have a large following. If your car remains unsold after a few weeks, it’s probably a good idea to reconsider how you are advertising the car and at what price, if the current ones are out of focus or don’t show off the best features of the vehicle.