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Auto Trader: The best place to find a car

When searching for a used car to buy, if you only look in one place, Auto Trader should be it. But I am not talking about the old paper-based magazine (that’s yesterday’s news), I am referring to their massive website: www.autotrader.co.uk

They have by far the biggest selection of used car adverts in the UK (typically, over 300,000 cars), and in most situations, if you see a car advertised on another website, you will probably find it on Autotrader too.

So, here are my top tips to help you get the most out of www.autotrader.co.uk:

1) BE DETAILED IN YOUR SEARCH – On the left side of the website homepage is a search box; however I always recommend clicking the “More search options” link as it will take you to a page that allows you to select lots and lots of other details on the car.

2) BUT… BE CREATIVE – Some adverts have incorrect information listed. With this in mind, if you cannot find many of the type of car you want, try widening your search a little. (I once got £2,200 off a Vauxhall Zafira because the dealer had mistakenly listed it as a manual, when it was actually a rare Easytronic Automatic, but most people hadn’t noticed so it had not sold.)

3) WATCH OUT FOR DODGY ADVERTS – There are a few scammers around. If an advert does not have a working telephone number or states that contact should be made by email rather than phone, leave it well alone!

4) TELESAFE NUMBERS – Any number that starts 070xx is a ‘Telesafe’ number which masks the true telephone number of the seller, but can cost up to 37.5p a minute. However, hidden behind these numbers are often very genuine private sellers.

Be careful though, it is easy to get distracted – just select “Ferrari” and see how long it takes you to wake out of your daydream…

Happy hunting!

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:

 

  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

These newsletters are our attempt to teach you everything we know about car buying; however, if you would like us to find and buy your next car for you, all you have to do is ask!