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Car Shopping Abroad… in the UK

Posted by carsdiva on February 28, 2014

Traveling abroad?  After speaking with several of my friends who have relocated to the UK, or planning to do so in the near future, it occurred to me there is a great deal of planning that goes into a move overseas.  Whether you’re temporarily moving, or making a more permanent home in the UK, there’s a lot to consider: home, job, new city, but what about getting around?  (Go figure, as a “car girl,” getting a car is the first thing that came to my mind.)

AA CarsFor those of you Americans that are relocating, or Brits that happen to be reading my blog, I came across a very useful website recently, AA Cars.  Think classifieds + useful info.  Not only can you search for a car, but you’ll also find pertinent car-shopping-related advice/ information. They have everything from car reviews, to finance information, to a general automotive advice section, (or “Motoring” Advice, as the Brits like to call it.)  You can even “Ask Edmund” your specific car-related questions. Attention ladies– they even have a “women’s car insurance” section.

The next big question is do you opt for a new or used car?  This could be a lengthy discussion, but let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals of both.

New Car

Let’s start with the obvious:  it’s brand-spanking-new! The allure of a new car, in and of itself, is exciting, much less the fact that you can equip the vehicle exactly how you’d like, and of course, nobody else has used or abused it first.  It comes with a full factory warranty, and chances are you won’t have to worry about any repairs or maintenance for quite some time.  And let’s not forget the unforgettable and intoxicating, new-car smell.Jaguar & british flag

Used Car

The overall car market has changed significantly in the last several years.  Quality, durability, and reliability have improved dramatically, so a used car is definitely worth considering, and may, in fact, be a better option for you.  First off it’s cheaper– we all know cars depreciate once they’re driven off the lot.  That being said, it’s not just a lower price, but often the best value, i.e. more bang for your buck.  You can drive away immediately with your car (as opposed to waiting if you custom-ordered a new one).  And if the car is only 1-2 years old, chances are you have the remainder of the manufacturer warranty to ease your mind.

As with anything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.  Although AA Cars is specific to used car listings, even if you’re considering new I’d recommend checking it out, as it provides all-around useful automotive advice…. excuse me, “motoring advice.”  (I’m getting the hang of this.)

And whichever route you choose, don’t forget to test drive the car first!


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