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Finding the best used cars for you

At Arnold Clark, we offer the UK's best used car deals, guaranteed. We have thousands of used cars in stock daily. With over 70 years of automotive experience, when you buy a used car from Arnold Clark you can be rest assured that you are buying from the UK's most trusted and well-stocked dealership.


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Why buy a used car from
Arnold Clark

We have been selling used cars since 1954.

We have over 190 dealerships across the country, so no matter where you are, we’ve got you covered. We have an extensive range of used cars from all your favourite manufacturers available with competitive pricing. Whether you are looking for used automatic cars, 7-seater cars, SUV cars, or cheap cars, we have something to suit every budget and lifestyle.

Spotted your perfect used car online?

Use our Click & Collect service and have your it delivered to one of over 30 Click & Collect branches across the country. Reserve your car online for £99 and drive away from your chosen destination within just 7 days!

All our second-hand cars are thoroughly vetted, inspected, and prepped by our dedicated vehicle specialists. Looking for complete peace of mind? Check out our Approved used cars for sale.


Why buy used cars - what are the benefits?

Which type of car you buy ultimately comes down to your own personal preferences, budget and lifestyle. Buying a second-hand car can be beneficial for several reasons, some of which include:

  • Competitive pricing
  • Flexible finance options
  • Excellent value for money
  • Reduced depreciation
  • Extensive choice
  • Instant availability
  • Lower running costs
  • Readily available reviews of used car models
Our branch in Hillington, Glasgow

Choosing the right used car for you

When you’re in the market for used cars for sale, there are a few things you should consider before making your decision. As always, the first thing to consider is budget; deciding on a suitable budget for your new car is the best place to start.

Other things you should consider thereafter include:

  • How many doors and seats do you need?
  • What body style do you prefer i.e., Hatchback, Saloon, Estate, SUV, MPV, etc.
  • What fuel type will you choose? Petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric?
  • What transmission type do you prefer - automatic or manual?
  • What drive type do you prefer? Four-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive etc.
  • What engine size are you looking for?

Once you’ve taken all these factors into consideration, use our search filters to navigate our stock to find your next perfect used car. Filter by manufacturer, model, price, age, body type, fuel type, transmission type, fuel consumption range, mileage and more.

Did you know you can also use our Shortlist tool?

The shortlist button will appear at the top right-hand corner of the product image, by shortlisting cars you can keep track of the ones you like. You can even create a shareable link of your shortlist to send to yourself or others.

Within your shortlist, you also have the option to compare used cars. By using this function, you can compare up to four cars side by side. Compare price, deals, mileage and more at a glance. This makes it much easier for you to choose the best used car deal for you!

What is an approved used car?

Approved used cars are used cars for sale which come with a manufacturer and dealer-backed guarantee which certifies quality, repairs and often complimentary benefits.

For example, Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz approved used cars offer:

  • One-year unlimited mileage warranty
  • One year of Roadside Assistance
  • Comprehensive multi-point vehicle check
  • Complimentary motor insurance

Arnold Clark partners with some of the biggest carmakers in the world to offer approved used cars across the country including BMW, Kia, MINI, Volkswagen and Volvo. The make and model you choose will determine the approved used benefits redeemable to you, terms and conditions apply.

What to look for when buying a used car

As mentioned above, all our used cars go through rigorous inspections before being sold whether they are part of the approved used scheme or not. However, it's always good to know what to look out for when the time comes to buy a used car. Some checks which you can carry out yourself include:

Some checks which you can carry out yourself include:

Check the tyre tread.

Check for any dents or scratches on the paintwork.

Check the electrics i.e., window wipers, radio, air conditioning etc.

Check for a spare wheel and subsequent accessories.

Questions to ask when buying a used car

To ensure you have peace of mind when it comes to buying a used car, you can always come prepared with some questions. Our dedicated Product Geniuses are on hand to help, advise and answer any questions about our used cars for sale.

Questions you may want to ask include:

  • What is the mileage of this model?
  • What service history does the model have?
  • Is any scheduled maintenance due on the model?
  • Can you provide a vehicle history check on the model?
  • Can I test drive the model?

What to expect when buying a used car from us

When you buy from a dealer like Arnold Clark, you have more protection than if you were to buy from a private seller, an online marketplace or at auction. Because you deal with us directly, there is no middleman, allowing for consistent and convenient aftersales communication.

All the second-hand cars we sell undergo a comprehensive pre-delivery inspection and comes with our 60-day Aftercare Warranty. We are there for you, even after you purchase a used car - something that you won’t experience with private sellers.

How to buy a used car

There is a selection of ways in which you can purchase a second-hand car from Arnold Clark. You can pay for your new used car with cash. We also offer low-rate car finance with flexible options on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), Personal Contract Hire (PCH) and Hire Purchase (HP).


More help and advice on buying used cars

If you’re looking to buy used cars, but need more information and inspiration, head over to our blog. Our helpful buying guides can help you choose the best car for your lifestyle, budget and preferences.


Frequently asked questions

What is a good mileage for a used car?

The average mileage driven in the UK per year is between 10,000 and 15,000 miles. We can take this as a baseline to calculate what a ‘good’ mileage would be on a used car.

For example, a good mileage on a 6-year-old second-hand car would be around 60,000 miles and under. This is based on an average of 10,000 miles driver per annum.

What is a good mpg for a used car?

A good mpg for a used car depends largely on the make and model you choose. This is because engine size, vehicle weight, transmission and fuel type dictate fuel economy on cars. Generally speaking, a good mpg can range anywhere between 40-60mpg. Browse our stock of used cars which achieve 40mpg+.

How to tax a used car?

When you buy a second-hand car, we will tax it for you. All our used cars come with either 6- or 12-months road tax. When you buy your car from us, our administrative staff at the dealership tax the vehicle for you and provide you with a receipt for proof of purchase. The cost of this is included in the overall price of the car at point of sale.

Where to sell used cars?

You can buy second-hand cars from Arnold Clark, you can also sell used cars to us, too! We make it easy to sell your car and can provide you with an online quote in less than 30 seconds.

What used cars hold their value the best?

Used cars from high-end manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz typically hold their value the best.

What used cars are the cheapest to insure?

The cost to insure any car depends on a number of factors. Things like the make and model, engine size, age and body type of the car will be factored into the premium. There are also many personal factors which insurance companies consider including: gender, age, marital status, location etc.

Looking for a low group number will help in choosing a used car which is cheap to insure. Choosing a used car between insurance groups 1 and 10, which sit at the lower end of the scale, will see insurance costs kept to a minimum.

Are used cars reliable?

Used cars are arguably the most reliable cars on the market. With so much information accessible and readily available on second-hand cars, doing research before you buy has never been easier.

All our cars undergo rigorous inspections and checks before being sold to you and we have been selling cars for more than 70 years. Therefore, you can be confident that you are driving away in a reliable used car.