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Essential steps for buying a used Volkswagen

Reliable, sexy and value-retaining, Volkswagen has a good reputation, with cars which perform well in every class. From the tiny Up! to the 3.0 litre Touareg, you know you're getting German engineering at its finest (to use a well-worn cliché).

The market for used Volkswagens is competitive - they seem to be snapped up as soon as they're advertised, so it pays not to dawdle. All the same, it's key that you know what you're doing and to help, we've put together these five essential steps for buying a used Volkswagen.
 

Step 1: Do your research

A car can be a big investment, so of course you're going to do some research. However, what a lot of people don't do is ask questions of a community that knows the most about Volkswagens - such as the VW Owners Club of Great Britain and the VW Owners Club. Both of these sites have forums which discuss particular models and therefore make a perfect resource for your research and obtaining helpful answers to any questions.

Step 2: View the car

Since VWs go fast reserving the car makes a lot of sense, however we always recommend that you view the car before buying. It's crucial that you have a look at the car in person. If you're a bit nervous or not altogether sure about how to buy a used car, take someone along who is. That bit of moral support can help you make the right decision.

Step 3: Take it for a test drive

The test drive is your chance to determine whether the car meets all of your needs and whether it is as comfortable as it looks in the pictures. Just make sure that you adjust the seat and mirrors before you drive off and that you know which side the indicators are on and how to switch on the lights should you need to. Ask yourself can you easily reach the pedals in the Beetle? Is that Polo's boot big enough to accommodate the twins' double buggy? These are the types of questions that can be answered even before you take the car out on the road. Finally don't forget to bring your driving license with you as you will not be allowed a test drive without one.
 

Step 4: The documentation

When buying a used car we all think about checking the V5C registration document of the vehicle we are buying. However we often forget that if we are part exchanging our own car that we need to bring our documentation, book pack, service history, MOT certificate, spare keys and alike with us as well.

Step 5: Confirm everything

Before you put your credit card in that machine or hand over any cash, for peace of mind, it's important to have everything relating to the sale arranged and, most importantly, when you can collect the car. Then you're free to drive off in your shiny Volkswagen.

If you're looking for a used Volkswagen, why not have a look at our huge selection or give us a ring on 01934 38 40 80 for further details?

Frequently Ask Questions

What is Volkswagen BlueMotion?

BlueMotion is the tradename for Volkswagen Group cars that have a focus of fuel efficiency.

What companies does Volkswagen own?

Volkswagen owns the following companies: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Scania and MAN.

What is Volkswagen 4MOTION?

4MOTION refers to the four-wheel drive system designed by Volkswagen, which delivers reliable traction and stability at all times by distributing power to all four wheels when required through its safety reserves that are available permanently.

What is Volkswagen TSI?

The 'TSI' on VW models stands for Turbocharged Straight Injection, which was designed to provide the car with more power while using less fuel.

What is Volkswagen DSG?

DSG stands for Direct-Shift gearbox and refers to the standard automatic transmission on Volkswagen cars.

What is Volkswagen App Connect?

VW App Connect allows smartphones to connect your smartphone's apps to your infotainment touchscreen. Smartphones can connect to the system using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.