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Shopping at Car Supermarkets

By: Scott McBride - Updated: 2 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
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The supermarkets defeated the corner shops by employing a pile 'em high and sell 'em low policy and car supermarkets work on the same principle. A car supermarket is a dealership that offers a choice of more than 200 vehicles from a wide range of makes and models - and all on one site.

There are many different ways to buy a used car, but car supermarkets have certain advantages over their rivals. For a start, car supermarkets tend to be open for business seven days a week, and there is no need to book an appointment - just turn up, look at the selection of used cars on offer and take any one of them for a test drive.

With that in mind, shopping at a car supermarket can be an attractive alternative to buying from a franchised or independent dealer. That is especially true for those keen to buy a car from one of the most popular manufacturers.

Lower Prices

Because car supermarkets rely on quick turnover, prices tend to be lower than those offered by other types of dealer, although there is not much room for haggling. The cars on offer can vary in age, but most will be less than three years old.

A car supermarket is not the best place to look for unusual makes and models, as the vast bulk of the vehicles on offer will be from mainstream manufacturers. For that very reason, a car supermarket can be the ideal starting point for buyers in the market for a used Ford, Vauxhall, Honda or Renault.

Those struggling to decide what car to buy should pay a car supermarket a visit, because with so many cars on view it is easier to compare like for like models. For example, someone in the market for a family estate car may find it difficult to choose between a Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Vectra and Honda Accord. Car supermarkets have so many cars that it may be possible to view and test drive all three before making a decision.

Independent Advice

Also, because car supermarkets are not tied to any single manufacturer, buyers can get the benefit of independent advice. There tends to be a wide range of products and services on offer too, such as part exchange deals, low deposits and finance options.

There are more than 100 car supermarkets scattered throughout the UK and facilities vary from one to the next. Some have huge showrooms and put all the cars indoors and under cover, so buyers can view cars easily and in comfort regardless of the weather and the time of day. There are even some car supermarkets with crèche facilities, allowing parents to concentrate on the job of buying a car while the children are taken care of.

The whole experience is geared towards making it easy for customers to drive away the car of their dreams the same day. Car supermarkets have become so popular that there is now at least one within easy reach of most buyers. By June 2008, the numbers of car supermarkets in each geographical area was: Scotland 7, Wales 8, North East 5, North West 21, Yorkshire 18, East of England 8, East Midlands 10, West Midlands 10, South 7, South West 4, South East 15 and London 3.

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