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What are the advantages of an approved used car?

History checked

Full vehicle details including vehicle service history.

Manufacturer warranty

Comprehensive manufacturer warranty coverage.

Excellent condition

Exceptional mechanical and cosmetic condition.

Low mileage

Most approved used vehicles have a low mileage.

Reliable and high-quality approved used cars

What is the difference between an approved used car and a used car?

All approved used vehicles undergo thorough manufacturer quality inspections.

This means that you can enjoy the best of both worlds with an approved used car. Drive away with a car that feels almost new, a full vehicle service history and warranty. Plus, you can benefit from cost savings compared to buying the same car brand new.

All our used cars are in excellent condition. However, the testing process for regular used cars may not always adhere to set manufacturer guidelines. Rest assured, when you buy a used car from us, you can always expect a vehicle that is safe and road ready.

Why buy an approved used car from Bristol Street Motors?

With our wide range of approved used vehicles and flexible car finance options there is something to suit all lifestyles and budgets.

Our friendly sales team provide high levels of customer service throughout the entire process. From test drives, through to servicing and repairs, we are here for you every step of the way.

View our approved used cars available by manufacturer below and get in touch with us to book your test drive.

used and approved cars for sale

What approved used cars are available?

At Bristol Street Motors, we offer approved used vehicles from leading manufacturers including:

Approved Used Cars FAQs

What is an approved used car?

An approved used car is a pre-owned vehicle that comes with a manufacturer guarantee for quality and safety. Approved used cars undergo a detailed inspection and preparation process. This includes a specific set of tests and checks.

What are the benefits of buying an approved used car?

There are several advantages to purchasing an approved used car.

  • Rigorous inspection: Approved used cars undergo a comprehensive multi-point inspection by certified technicians. This confirms all mechanical and electrical components are working effectively. It also ensures the vehicle cosmetic appearance meets the highest standards. Any issues found during the inspection are repaired using genuine parts. This brings the vehicle up to a near-new condition and reduces the likelihood of immediate repairs.

  • Quality assurance: The manufacturer certification guarantees the car meets specific criteria. This can provide you with confidence in the vehicle condition.

  • Additional coverage: Approved used cars often come with a manufacturer warranty. This covers repairs and replacements for a set period, reducing the risk of unexpected costs.

  • Vehicle history report: These cars come with a detailed vehicle history report. This includes information on previous ownership and service records, providing transparency.

How does an approved used car differ from a regular used car?

An approved used car has undergone quality assurance through a series of tests and checks set by the manufacturer. Our regular used cars also undergo a detailed set of inspections. However, these may not necessarily follow manufacturer guidelines.

Do approved used cars come with a warranty?

Approved used cars often come with a comprehensive manufacturer warranty, for added peace of mind. The specific warranty terms vary between manufacturers. You can speak to a member of our team to find out more about the warranty coverage provided on each approved used vehicle.

Are approved used cars more expensive than regular used cars?

Approved used cars are generally more expensive than regular used cars. This is because of the rigorous inspection and preparation process, along with added benefits such as warranties. However, opting for an approved used car allows you to drive away with a vehicle that feels almost new. Yet at a significantly lower price than buying the same model brand-new.

What kind of inspection do approved used cars go through?

Approved used cars undergo a comprehensive inspection process conducted by expert technicians. While specifics may vary slightly between manufacturers, the inspection generally covers engine, suspension, brakes, battery, lights, tyres, oil and coolant, brake fluid, road test, emissions test and vehicle history.

Can I get financing for an approved used car?

Yes, we offer a wide range of car finance options across our approved used range. You can discuss these with our expert team to find the solution that best suits your needs.

The most popular types of car finance include:

  • Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)
  • Hire Purchase (HP)
  • Personal Contract Hire (PCH)

Are there any downsides to buying an approved used car?

You may find approved used cars are more expensive than regular used cars. This is because of the manufacturer-specified checks and additional benefits. Despite going through a thorough inspection and preparation process, they are still used cars, so are not brand-new. If you are looking for a new car, we have a wide range available.

Can I test drive an approved used car before buying?

Yes, absolutely. We always recommend taking a test drive before making a purchase. This allows you to closely inspect the vehicle condition and experience how it performs first-hand. You can book an appointment at your local dealership online.

How do I find approved used cars for sale?

You can browse our wide range of approved used cars online or visit your local Bristol Street Motors dealership. Our sales team will be delighted to assist you in finding the perfect approved used vehicle.

  • A full service history
  • Been history checked
  • A relatively low mileage
  • All documentation present
  • A full inspection report
  • Been prepared to the highest standards
  • No unexplained interior or exterior damage

You should also make sure that all the controls and electrical systems are working properly. The best way to do this is by taking a test drive.