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Buying a used car: The Gumtree Guide

Saturday 21 February 2015, by

Time for a new car, but you don’t know where to start? Then head to the Gumtree cars section for a huge range of used cars for sale across the country right now. New cars are added every minute, so whatever your dream motor, you’ll find it here.

It’s easy buy, easy sell at Gumtree, and we can help you find the car of your dreams in just three quick steps. With Gumtree it really is as easy as one, two, three! 


You’ll find hundreds of thousands of used cars for sale every day on Gumtree. Rolls Royce rarities, the nation’s favourite Fords, VW campervans and souped-up sports cars – whatever you’re after in your new set of wheels you’ll find it here.

Your first step is to get your search started – and Gumtree makes it easy. Head to our Cars section and you can use our search filters to track down a specific make, model, year, mileage, body type, fuel type, transmission, or engine size. You can choose whether you want to see cars for sale via private sellers, trade sellers, or both, and you can narrow your search to suit your budget too.

A quick search will give you a great overview of the market for your dream motor. Check out the full range of matching car results and you’ll have an instant idea of what asking prices are up and down the country – so you know exactly how much you should be paying for your chosen car.


Now it’s time to narrow your search and see if there are any matching cars for sale in your area. This way you won’t have so far to travel to pick up your bargain. Just use our postcode search box at the top of the page to return results within your chosen radius of home. You can search as closely as ¼ mile, or widen your search up to nationwide for a full selection of cars for sale across the country.


Gumtree makes it easy for sellers to give you comprehensive look at the car they have for sale. They can upload loads of pictures so you can get a close-up look at the car’s condition, as well as video files where they can give you a guided tour, inside and out. But nothing beats checking out a car in person.

Arrange to meet the seller, ideally at their property, so you can check the address registered on their documentation matches their physical location. This is where you can give your potential motor a good once over, and give it a spin with a test drive. If you like what you see, then it’s time to put your haggling skills to the test and see just how much of a bargain you can drive away with.

And remember, If you’re looking for a quick deal, you can narrow your easy peasy Gumtree search to only include ‘Urgent Ads’, where sellers have listed their motors for a quick sale. Easy as one, two, three, you’ll be driving your dream car home in no time.

Gumtree is just as easy if you’re looking to sell your car. You’ll find a step-by-step guide to posting ads that pack a punch right here.

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