Frequently Asked Questions

Are approved used cars worth the extra cost?

Although Approved Used cars are typically more expensive than non-approved ones, a range of benefits come with this. The vehicles are prepared to a very high standard and have been inspected by trained technicians to ensure all components are performing well. They also come with a warranty and have undergone a HPI check check for your peace of mind.

What are the benefits of an RAC Approved Dealer?

Buying from an RAC Approved Used Dealer means you can drive away with complete confidence in your purchase. These dealers have been selected for the quality of their vehicles and their outstanding level of customer care. Every vehicle has undergone an 82-point inspection and comes with a minimum of three months’ warranty.

Buying a used car checklist

There are a number of things to check when you buy a used car, including:

  • The vehicle’s overall condition inside and out
  • Documents such as the V5C and service history
  • The vehicle’s mileage
  • The vehicle’s operation during a test drive

At Lawson Cars, we carry out a lot of these checks on your behalf – contact us today for details.

What are the advantages of buying a used car from a dealer?

Buying from a dealer means that all vehicles go through mechanical inspection, are serviced where required and are thoroughly prepared to a high standard which is not the case where purchasing privately.

How often should I service my car?

Servicing is essential for maintaining the performance and reliability of your vehicle. Your recommended service that your car is checked at least once a year as items such as tyres, brakes and wipers can require replacement between service intervals​. Check your vehicle manual for the manufacturer guidance on servicing. 

Should I use a dealer or local garage for a service?

Regardless of the age of the vehicle, you are not under any obligation to take your car to a main dealer for servicing. Independent dealer servicing is not only competitively priced, but by using manufacturer approved filters and lubricants your manufacturer warranty remains valid. The only consideration is that original equipment parts and oils are used and that these are replaced in line with the manufacturers specifications, something which we at Lawson Cars always carry out for vehicles under manufacturers warranty. Of course it’s your choice, but independent dealer servicing tends to offer enhanced value over other garages. At Lawson Cars, the majority of the repairs and servicing we carry out come with a twelve month 12,000 mile guarantee.

Are car service plans worth it?

Car service plans are a great option if you wish to spread the cost of your vehicle maintenance. The price heavily discounted and can be split over the duration of the service plan interest free. All you need to do when the time comes is bring your car in for its service or MOT. Our Service plans cover servicing and MOT Testing.

What is the minimum warranty on used cars?

If you buy from a dealer, the minimum warranty is typically three months, although there is option to upgrade the warranty on most vehicles to 12 or 24 months. Find out more about our warranties.

It is worth noting that where a buyer seeks to purchase a car privately it will not be covered outside of a manufacturer warranty and any repair costs would be down to the new owner.

Can I get a used car on finance?

Yes – there are several options for those wanting to buy a used car with vehicle finance. You may spot a wide range of finance examples featured on our adverts. Find out more by contacting us today 01642 065 807.

What are the finance options for used cars?

At Lawsons Cars, we offer a range of finance packages for used cars including Hire Purchase and Personal Contract Purchase. View our finance page for details or contact us today to discuss your options.
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