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Anyone bought a car from a car 'supermarket'?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maz, 16 Apr 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I was thinking of buying my next car from a car supermarket (e.g. Available Cars), since they have so many cars to choose from all in the one place.

    Has anyone ever bought a car from a car 'supermarket' before?

    Hard sell or easy-going? Did you do a part-ex? Where did you buy from?

    Recommendations/suggestions, please?

    Many thanks
  2. Monst

    Monst New Member

    The boonies
    Carcraft...High pressure sales, they prefer to sell you 'credit' as well, they do either pre registered 'new' cars or high milage rep mobiles, low value for part ex. Ok if you do research and know how much you are prepared to spend and what you are looking for and how much you chosen car is worth and how much your part ex is worth.
  3. longers

    longers Veteran

    Cheers Monst - I was trying to think of that firm. A clued up friend went there to px his old car and pay cash for the balance on a newer one. They didn't know what to do with him. Been once for a look round myself a few years ago - they seem to be using cars as a "vehicle" for selling finance. I may be wrong.

    Had a look round "The Car People" once - no bother from sales people at all. Seemed laid back but I didn't enter into any negotiations with them.
  4. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Always google for reviews. Some are better than others, Motorpoint being one of the bad ones. They sell older cars as brand new and people have trouble with warranty claims afterwards.
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    don't take their finance. It's not good value.
    They make out they're selling cars but like longers says they're using it as a front to selling uncompetitive loans. Things like painting how much it is a month on the front of cars instead of how much it is to buy, etc.
    If you arrange your finance yourself competively through a bank etc, get clued up on how much you should be paying for the car you intend to buy, and only buy the car and not loads of add-on warranties which they will no doubt try and sell you, then you can't go far wrong.
  6. surfgurl

    surfgurl New Member

    If you do choose their finance deals check the small print very very carefully. A friend found she had an extra amount going out of her bank each month for an insurance on the loan. By the time she found out about it, it was too late to cancel the insurance and stop paying the money.
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I know of someone with a bad credit score who stupidly bought a car from one of those "£99 down" places.

    She didn't even understand what 49% APR meant. Until the car broke down after 3 weeks.
  8. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I think it's best to stay with a well known Garage that is an accredited dealer of the make and type you're buying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    Got my current car from what was effectively a car supermarket. The price was exceedingly good compared to the level of prices expected for make/model/age. Like anything else, do your homework & shop around before buying.
  10. dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Ipswich, Suffolk
    I deal with "Car Giant" in white city, london on a daily basis with work. they are a pretty good company. the prices are great, but the mileage can be high.

    so long as you know what you're looking at and know what you want you'll not go far wrong. Bonj is correct, the loans associated with the purchase of the car are not usually the best available. especially if you have a less than perfect credit rating. but they do sort it out for you and it does make it quite easy. the main benefit of a Hire Purchase loan is that if the car goes wrong, you have 2 companies to moan at. the seller and the finance company. both of which have a obligation to ensure that the good they are selling/financing are of merchantable quality.

    car supermarkets pile them high and sell them cheap. if you have the cash to buy the car then the sales technique they use will be a lot softer than if you want finance as they will try to stretch your budget a bit.

    they're definitely worth a look. but ake sure the car is all it seems!
  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I bought my car from The Car People and my dad has bought two. No hassle, although as has been said, get your own finance.

    Lots to pick from, and they are happy for you to test drive. I drove 3 different cars before deciding on the one I wanted. If there are any little problems with the cars, they will fix it for you.

    The cars are just cleaned, then given a quick oil change when you buy it. The car's aren't dressed up. You won't get a good PX as they don't make much on the cars they are selling, and you won't get a discount - the price you see is the price you pay !
  12. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    Have you thought of an auction? I got my ex-fleet estate from an auction at 2/3rds of the forecourt price.

    You need nerves of steel, a plan and the patience to look out for a vehicle you really want! I went for an ex-fleet car as a lower risk than a privately owned one.
  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Car Giant seemed OK when we were looking last year - lots of cars, no pressure whatsoever. very much a "pile 'em high, sell em cheap" operation. They didn't seem too pushy on finance either. We ended up buying from a local dealer though, as the offer was just too good to miss.
  14. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Carcraft were bloody awful last time I was there - ended up walking out on the salesman.

    Their schtick at the time was to give you a weekly/monthly payment figure. "But how much am I paying for the car?" "Well, I can make it this much a month." "Yes, but what's the price of the car?" etc etc.
  15. OP

    Maz Guru

    Some excellent advice. I'm glad I asked.
    Thanks very much, everyone.