Used cars FAQ

Find your perfect used car with Stoneacre - we're here to help you discover the answers to the most pressing questions!

General used car questions

  • What are approved used cars?

    These are used cars that go through a strict inspection and have to meet stringent manufacturer criteria. We offer a variety of approved used cars here at Stoneacre, from brands including Volvo, Vauxhall, Ford and Honda.

  • What is the best used family car?

    Here are a few cars that are suitable for families when on a budget:

    • Nissan Qashqai
    • Vauxhall Astra
    • Dacia Duster
    • Kia Ceed
    • Hyundai i30
    • Ford Focus

    Read more about the best & safest family cars in our useful blog here.

  • Which used cars are the cheapest to insure?

    There are many best used cars that are cheap to insure, these include*:

    • Hyundai i10 - insurance group 3
    • SEAT Ibiza - insurance group 2
    • Renault Clio - insurance group 3
    • Dacia Sandero - insurance group 2
    • Nissan Micra - insurance group 1
    • Fiat Panda - insurance group 3
    • Ford Fiesta - insurance group 2
    • Kia Rio - insurance group 2

    *Please note insurance groups listed here are for lower spec models

  • How much difference does mileage make to car value?

    Used cars depreciate at different rates, so it depends on factors like previous owners, servicing history and the car’s age. High mileage cars often have lower depreciation, while it's the other way around for lower mileage vehicles. You can quickly find out how much your car is worth by heading to our free valuation tool.

  • Are used cars worth it?

    Ask yourself this - what are you looking for in a car? If it's something that's easy on the wallet, then used cars are the way to go. However, some may find that new cars are a better fit, but you need to be able to afford it. Either which way you go, we can work with you to try and find a finance package that suits you.

  • Which used cars are road tax free?

    Under the new road tax rules, introduced in April 2020, only electric vehicles are exempt from road tax. However, used cars registered between March 2001 and 31 March 2017 that produce CO2 that's less than 100g/km are also exempt. It's well worth to check before purchasing a used car so you're aware of such costs and impact to the environment.

  • Can used cars be financed?

    Yes, we have a lot of used car finance deals you can choose from - whether that's 0% finance, nil deposit offers or our popular PCP and HP options. Head out here to learn more about our used car finance services.

  • Which used cars depreciate the least?

    According to CAP HPI data, the following cars have the slowest depreciation rate after three years:

    • Range Rover Sport - retains 70% value
    • Porsche Panamera - retains 63.4% value
    • VW California - retains 61.0% value
    • Tesla Model 3 - retains 60.2% value
    • Porsche 718 Boxster - retains 55.3% value
    • Peugeot 3008 - retains 55.2% value

  • Which used cars to avoid?

    Avoid used cars that haven't been properly checked by professional technicians and don't have required documents. Also, don't forget to check if the odometer has been tampered with - the technique is used by fraudsters to increase the value of a used car.

    Luckily at Stoneacre, we put every used car through stringent checks to ensure they are truly road-worthy, while also having no outstanding finance or dodgy histories.

Buying a used car

  • What to check for when buying a used car?

    While at Stoneacre, every car goes through comprehensive checks, there are a few factors you can ask us about when viewing a used car:

    • Car's overall condition
    • Vehicle registration & history documents
    • Mileage and whether it's been tampered with
    • Tyres and engine
    • General controls

    And finally, don't forget to take it for a test drive to truly understand if the car is the right one for you!

  • What to bring with you when buying a car?

    You should have driver's license handy, as well as your insurance details to prove that you can legally drive. You'll also need to take care of road tax (VED) before collecting your used car. Additionally, don't forget to bring proof of ID & address and bank details - these may not be needed but are still good to bring just in case.

  • Can you provide me with your used car price guide?

    Our used cars typically start at just over £4,000, with finance available from under £100pm, but there are some factors that can affect your monthly cost, such as:

    • your deposit or part exchange
    • the length of the contract
    • if going for a PCP deal, the annual mileage
  • What's the best small car to buy second hand?

    Here are the most popular & best small city cars to buy second-hand:

    • Ford Fiesta
    • Renault Zoe
    • Honda Jazz
    • Fiat 500
    • Hyundai i20
    • Suzuki Swift
  • How can I find used cars for sale near me?

    You can easily find used cars online near you by adding your location when searching for vehicles at Stoneacre. You can also visit our dealership pages to see which manufacturers they offer, their used stock & to contact them directly if you have any questions about used cars.

  • What are used car prices?

    We offer competitive prices on thousands of used cars, so there's always something to suit your requirements.

  • Is it possible to reserve a used car?

    You can reserve a used car easily with Stoneacre - each car has the Reserve option where you can tell us more about yourself, and reserve the vehicle there and then. Collection of the vehicle can then be arranged between you and the dealership. All the cars are thoroughly cleaned and handed to you while keeping to social distancing protocols.

  • Are used cars subject to VAT?

    Used cars aren't subject to VAT if they are sold by a private seller. Meanwhile, car dealer's second-hand vehicles VAT is paid for by the business, so it costs nothing to the buyer.