Sometimes stepping into the used car market feels daunting. What does the Adelaide used car market look like? What are the different elements that make up Adelaide’s bustling used car market? The experts have come together and put together a helpful guide into the different segments of the used car market in Adelaide. If you think the used car market is just a scattering of people trying to offload old cars, think again!
Car dealers – certified used cars
We all know that car dealers take trade-ins and sell them back to other people. But did you know that dealers also sell something known as certified used cars? Certified used cars are ex-demo, ex-lease or recent trade-in cars given a certification from the original car manufacturer. Certified used means they must pass a series of manufacturer tests, which may include servicing, repair to any damage, complete or partial refurbishment of the interior and wiring/electronics and a certified used warranty. These are often significantly cheaper than buying new but more expensive than buying an equivalent car from a private seller. The upshot is that Licenced Motor Car Traders sell certified used cars. That means consumer law better protects you.
This makes up the biggest portion of Adelaide’s used car marketplace. Private sellers who are looking to sell their own car are abundant in Adelaide. You can find what’s on the market using online classifieds or trade magazines (for more on finding used cars, refer to our blog post here. [link]) You’ll have to meet with private sellers and ask many questions, but you may find better deals on cars with some sellers desperate to sell for a variety of reasons. Private sellers may have hard-to-find cars and cars with after-market modifications that you may be looking for. The downside is that you’ll have to put in a lot of homework to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
Car auctions are fast becoming a popular way to get a great deal on used cars in Adelaide. Car auction houses are perfect for people who might be looking for vintage or rare cars. You can often save a lot of money if the car you’re looking for isn’t interesting to other buyers (which can sometimes be the case!) You can ask car auction houses about the car. However, chances are they aren’t as knowledgeable about the car’s history compared to an owner-seller. Auctioneers seldom let their cars be test driven, which makes it harder to judge if a car is the right choice for you.