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How to Buy the Best Second Hand Car

Let’s hit it straight. Buying a second-hand car not only saves you a fortune but also puts your dream car within your reach.

When you buy a second-hand car, you save money on the purchase price due to the huge depreciation that cars suffer, especially in those initial years after the first registration. Unless you have very specific needs, there are plenty of good-quality second-hand cars to choose from.

Buying a big or a small second-hand car is not without potential problems. However, affordable prices, dealership warranty and lower interest rates allow car shoppers to minimize many of the risks of buying a second-hand car. Certified car programs, detailed car history reports, attractive finance and insurance rates, etc., provide an incentive to the buyers too.

Once you have decided to go for a second-hand car, the next step is to choose a car that serves your need to the fullest.

We have rounded up 5 of the best second-hand cars under $15,000 from the top car manufacturers to help you quickly find your ideal car.

2016 Holden Cruze JH Series

2016 Holden Cruze

If you have driven a Holden before, you won’t be surprised to see it on the top of our list. This Series II Holden Cruze Equipe is a 1.8L 4cyl petrol with a 6-speed automatic and has travelled 52,731 km only with full dealership service history and 2 keys.

With good riding comfort, the car’s shock absorbers, tyres and springs keep it smooth on rough roads. It glides over patchwork roads and potholes with ease, and when you get enthusiastic, the car responds promptly and keeps things lively.

Features include:

  • Auto headlights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • 5-star safety rating

The combination of stylish interior, 104 kw power and a clean car history report gives you a great deal for a lot less.

2012 Mazda 3

2012 Mazda 3

This peppy-around-town drive comes with a 4cyl engine, sharp steering and strong brakes. With excellent handling and stability, this Mazda 3 second-hand car feels athletic without compromising any comfort features.

Its Skyactiv engine does good to both enthusiasts and the eco-conscious making a respectable 155 horsepower. The refined and responsive engine keeps it at the top of its class in both driving excitement and fuel efficiency.

Features include:

  • Drive by wire electronic throttle control
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Rain sensor auto wipers
  • GPS satellite navigation
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

Attractive interiors, nimble handling and great fuel economy with Skyactiv engine make this 2012 Mazda 3 a great buy as a second-hand car.

2007 Toyota Aurion

2007 Toyota Aurion

Here comes an Australian!! Aurion is built in Australia and incorporates a bit of Aussie design to differentiate it from the Japanese/American original. It has been given a tougher look than its non-identical twin brother, Camry.

Toyota Aurion is driven by a 3.5L twin-cam V6 engine that is smooth, strong and responsive. The legendary Toyota transmission works here well too with barely noticeable gear changes and in the right ratio. Aurion has spacious interiors and is the perfect Australian family car.

Features include:

  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Multi-function control screen
  • Air con sensor for solar/sun
  • Electronic stability control
  • Keyless start with proximity function

Being taken seriously by family-car buyers in Australia, this Toyota second-hand car responds accurately to changing road conditions allowing you an extremely smooth drive.

2010 Mercedes C200

2010 Mercedes C200

The Mercedes C200 is the template for high-quality contemporary compact sedan all over the world. The turbocharged direct injection four cylinder engine carries the CGI tag (charged gasoline injection) with more torque, better economy and fewer emissions.

While you appreciate the level of engineering that has gone into this model, it handles windy open roads and sharp corrugated corners like nobody’s business. The steering remains unruffled and the suspension doesn’t transmit any harshness into the cabin. The smooth-revving engine is matched with a 5-speed gear.

Features include:

  • Multi-function leather steering wheel
  • Front electric seat
  • Avantgarde-style grill
  • 17-inch alloys
  • 6-speaker stereo

This 2010 Merc C200 Classic has travelled only 92,000 km. It is finished in silver with grey leather seats along with a leather gear knob and gloss finish inserts.

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

With excellent safety features, this 4-wheel drive with 4-cylinder engine reigns supreme in its class. The standard stability control in this model has helped it to score 5 stars for safety. The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the sportier entries in the wagon/SUV segment and is a pretty good choice as a family car.

Its sporty handling and 6-gear CVT give out an average fuel consumption of 9.3L per 100 km. The all-wheel drive helps you move on any terrain with authority and power.

Features include:

  • ABS antilock brakes
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Tailgate with opening window
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Air con with climate control

This 6-speed automatic has travelled 130,000 km and is finished in cool silver with grey cloth seats. This smooth, refined family SUV sets itself apart as a no-nonsense buy for any kind of car buyer.

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Buying the best second-hand car

The best second-hand cars are available at My Car Choice, and you have the power to pick your like with just a click. When you buy a second-hand car, you often save a lot on the car price, depreciation, dealer fee and car insurance.

Negotiating a fair purchase price could be one aspect you might find a bit confronting. We would encourage you to do that, but My Car Choice has a fair price process where you get the best buy for the least price. All our cars have a full, up-to-date service history so that you can be assured it’s been well looked after.

While there are a few lows to purchasing a buying a used car for sale instead of a new one, on the great side, you can save a lot on vehicle price, vehicle protection, and dealer fee. When you set your spending plan and the kind of use, you’ll discover the best trade-in vehicle online at My Car Choice –a local authorised used car dealer in Sydney or call us on 02 9762 6255 or contact us. You can visit our showroom to find the right car of your dream.

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