With millions of cars on the market and thousands of dealers promising the best price for the motors on their forecourt — buying a used car can be tricky, time-consuming and, at times, stressful. Despite this, us Brits are unquestionably a nation of used car fans, with second-hand car sales totalling £42 billion in the UK each year.

So, what is it that draws us to used cars? In a recent survey, 60% of motorists listed ‘price’ as the main reason to buy a used car over a new model. Couple that with the fact that new cars lose around 40% of their value in the first year alone, and it’s easy to see why motorists would see second hand cars as a cost-effective option.

If you’re in the market for a cheap run-around and reckon a second-hand motor could fit the bill, here’s a no-nonsense guide on how to buy a used car without getting ripped off.