There are a lot of myths about buying a used car, and unfortunately this means many people in Cambridgeshire are automatically buying new, without ever giving serious consideration to the alternative.
Images of unscrupulous sales staff and cars that clunk to a halt a week after they've been driven off the lot seem to be seared into some people's brains. But the truth is, there are highly reputable dealerships that specialise in selling used cars, and their customers buy in full confidence they've made a quality bargain.
So, what are the main advantages of opting for a used, rather than new, car?
The lower price tag is the first, and most obvious, attraction. A model that's out of your price range when it's straight off the production line can be affordable when it's had a previous owner.
Depreciation is another factor. Some new cars can lose 40% of their value in the first 12 months you're behind the wheel.
Then there's the fact that used cars are not subject to additional charges. The tax known as the showroom tax can add a significant amount to what you thought was the total cost of your car.
There can also be savings in running costs, because if you buy a used car there's a good chance you will get a lower insurance quote.
If the car is relatively new, any teething problems will likely have been resolved, which will save the time and inconvenience of having to make trips to the garage.
That's not to say there are not disadvantages to buying old over new, but it's a question of balancing the pros and cons.
Why not visit LG Car Sales, based in Ely, to find out exactly what kind of quality used car you can get for your money?