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Quick guide to buying a used Ford

You don't have to be an Explorer galloping around on a Mustang to see the popularity of this manufacturer. Focus on the roads for even a few minutes and its models will appear time and time again. Heck, you'd think the car owners were on their way to a Fiesta or something. See what we've done there? We are, of course, talking about the ever-popular Ford.

Since the legendary Henry Ford created his very first Model T, cars emblazoned with his name have remained popular. Now, a whole century on, Fords remain among the most popular and common cars on British roads.

This means there's a rich vein of used vehicles from which to choose:

  • Small city cars (Fiesta or KA)
  • SUVs (Explorer or Kuga)
  • Stylish coupes (Mustang)
  • Family saloons (Mondeo)

How much do Ford's depreciate in value?

Used Ford buyers are certainly onto a good thing by not buying new. As with any new car, Fords lose value the moment they're driven out the garage. This makes for a great deal among the used car market.

Fords don't tend to hold their used values as well as more expensive models from BMW or Audi. As such, you'll want to be aware that you might not get as much when you come to sell or trade. This is balanced by the fact that you've typically paid a lot less than you would have done on one of your car's German counterparts - and you've likely got just as much car for your money!

Fords provide longevity

It's not only Ford's legacy that has lasted a long time, the vehicles are also renowned for their staying power. All of this means that buyers can be confident their new vehicle will serve them well in the longer term, whilst also opening up a raft of much older (and therefore bargain) models to the budget market.

Whilst great for people who want to keep their car long term, Fords' longevity also means there are potential issues. For example, there are numerous older cars still on the road today which date back to a time when ABS was considered a luxurious add-on.

The longevity also means that older engines are considered less efficient by the government, so tax on even a simple old runaround can be higher than that of a super-efficient modern Ford.

Fords are everywhere

Fords, as noted earlier, are ubiquitous on British roads. This translates well when taking them in for a service or repairs, as it means that all garages should be able to ascertain any faults with ease and secure replacements without worry. Not only that, such ease of repair should also make any trips to the garage a little easier on the wallet.

Overall, owning a Ford is a smart decision for anyone looking for a solid mid-range car that handles well and is cost-effective to buy and run. If you are looking to buy a used Ford it is well worth considering asking the dealer about the option available of buying a used car on finance, you may be surprised at the deals on offer.

?As with all used car buys, however, there are a few positives and negatives to consider - with Fords being no exception. If you're not 100 per cent sure what manufacturer you want yet, check out our quick guides to buying a used Volkswagen or used Vauxhall.