Frequently Asked Questions

At, we sell quality used cars in Wellington & Exeter that are much more affordable than anywhere else. If you’re thinking about buying a used car, our stock is high quality, affordable, and we’re always getting new cars in.

The Process of Buying a Used Car

Before buying a used car, you should check the vehicle to ensure it meets your standard of quality, is as advertised, has no mechanical issues, and will serve your needs. Once you make the decision to buy a used car, you can apply for used car finance. You can also choose to buy the car outright without financing. You will then need to register the vehicle with the DVLA. You will also need to get a Vehicle Log Book if necessary. Finally, you will need to ensure the vehicle and tax the vehicle before you can take it on the road.

Can I Drive Straight After Buying a Used Car?

Yes. However, you need to arrange your insurance and tax the vehicle before driving the vehicle away.

Should I Buy a New or Used Car?

You should buy a used car if you are trying to save money and need a car quickly. If you buy a new car, you often have to wait for the car to be delivered.

Why Buy From a Used Car Dealer?

Buying from a used car dealer gives you a greater selection of cars to choose from, and much more affordable cars. If you opt for used car financing, you may find that you’re able to afford a much nicer car for much less than if you had bought one new. Used car dealers have the expertise to help you make an informed decision and the purchase is risk-free from a dealer, whereas buying from a private owner comes with many risks.

When is The Best Time of Year to Buy a Used Car?

The best time of year to buy a used car is in September or March. This is because just after new number plates are introduced, many people opt to trade in their old cars for new ones, so used car dealers get an increase in quality stock. You can also choose to buy a used car right before new number plates are introduced, when used car dealers are offering great deals on old stock so they can make room for new.

What Information Do I Need When Buying a Used Car?

You will need to bring:

  • Driving license
  • Documentation of income
  • Copies of bank statements
  • Copies of payslips or letter from employer
  • Documentation of address history
  • Employment details and history
  • Bank details

Should I Buy a Car With High Mileage?

The decision to buy a used car with high mileage depends upon a number of factors:

  • Age of the car – a newer car with high mileage might be a lower risk than a 10-year-old car with high mileage.
  • Make and model of the car – some makes and models will last longer than others with high mileage.
  • Where the car was primarily driven – driving on a motorway for long distances puts less wear on the car than frequent, shorter trips on streets.
  • Length of trips the car has made – frequent, short trips cause more wear and tear.
  • Service history of the car – look at what work has been done, when, and where.

What Documents Do I Need When Buying a Used Car?

When buying a used car, you will need to bring your essential documents with you:

  • Driving license
  • Proof of insurance policy
  • Proof of payment of road tax
  • Loan or used car financing documents

If you don’t bring the first three documents with you, you will not be able to drive the car off the lot until you have this documentation.

What Used Cars Are the Most Reliable?

Because technology is advancing at an incredible rate, cars are considered more reliable now than ever before. When you buy an approved used vehicle from a licensed dealership, you can be sure you’re purchasing a car that has been inspected thoroughly and often comes with a warranty for your peace of mind.

Are Used Cars Taxed?

The amount of VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) you pay for used cars, which are anything from a month old to over 50 years old, depends on when the vehicle was first registered. In April 2017, the government introduced the latest UK Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) tax system.

New cars, which previously cost a small amount to tax under the old system, now face new and sometimes substantial annual charges. If you want a car that’s free to tax, you’ll need a zero-emission electric car.

Which Used Cars Are Best to Buy?

There are several things to check when buying a used vehicle. You’ll want to know its overall condition, servicing history, mileage, age, and much more. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure the vehicle type you choose fits your space requirements. Always take the used vehicle for a test drive to be sure the car is right for you. You should thoroughly check the following things before purchasing a used vehicle:

  • Condition of the bodywork
  • Condition of the vehicle’s interior
  • Tread depth and condition of the tyres
  • The engine, clutch, and gearbox
  • Supporting documentation

Can Used Cars Be Financed?

Yes, used cars can be financed. Used car finance options are available, many of which can be customised to fit your budget. At, we’re devoted to helping our customers choose the best vehicle for their needs, and we strive to eliminate any barriers to purchasing your new car with flexible financing options and payment solutions.

Even if you’ve had trouble purchasing a used car in the past, we’ll make sure you’re able to get a used car through our licensed dealerships. We’ll work hard to find a solution that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Contact Us Today

If you’re looking for a quality, affordable used cars, come see us at Westpark Direct or Exeter Direct today and see what we have available. Call our 24 hour inquiry line, contact us online, or check out our stock.