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We publish news about South Downs Car Sales as well as advice for car buying and car maintenance. Take a look at some of our blog posts below.

  • When you’re buying a used car, going for a test drive is a really important step for making sure you’re comfortable with the car and that it’s in good working order. But what are you looking for? And what insurance do you need before you even get started? This comprehensive guide to taking a car for a test drive covers this and more.
  • Buying a car, whether it’s new or used, is a major purchase for anyone so you’ll want to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying. By asking a few crucial questions when looking to buy a used car in particular, you may avoid some very expensive problems in the future. The vendor is obliged to answer your questions truthfully, or they will be breaking the law.

    Here is a list of key questions to ask the seller when you’re buying a used car and a couple that you should be able to answer yourself when you inspect and …

  • One of the top questions from first time used car buyers is ‘what documents should I get when buying a used car?’ The good news is that if you’re buying from a dealership they will have a streamlined process to ensure everything is in order before you even see the car. However, it can be a bit more tricky if you’re buying privately and it’s essential that you get it right to ensure that you are driving the car away legally. Either way, it’s important to know what to look out for.
  • As the days are getting shorter and the colder months are fast approaching, a few minutes spent making some basic checks on your car could save you a lot of hassle in winter weather. The number of breakdowns typically increases during the winter due to temperatures dropping and worsening driving conditions. Minor mechanical problems can be exacerbated in cold weather. Here are some simple things that you can do now to keep your car in tip top condition through to the spring.
  • Over the last year, with several periods of lockdown and advice to work from home and only travel when essential, many of us have found our mileage dropping significantly. Cars that have usually been used for the daily commute have been left stationary in driveways for long periods of time. 

    This isn’t the best news for our cars as a variety of issues can emerge if they are left without any attention for long stretches of time. The last thing you want is to return to your car to discover a flat tyre or that it won’t start. Or …

  • As an established local business for over ten years we have provided a lot of local students, who are normally in their final year of secondary education, with work experience here on site. 

    It gives the student an invaluable opportunity to see how the business operates behind the scenes. Over the course of a week they shadow each of our team sometimes assisting them in some of their duties.

    Should any students in secondary school education wish to do their work experience here they are most welcome, please get your school to make an …

  • We love our wildlife here at Southdowns Car Sales. Our business is based in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside and we are fortunate enough to have daily visits from some our the local inhabitants.
  • Whether you’re thinking about buying a used car from us at South Downs Car Sales or elsewhere, here are a few top tips for buying a used car. We cover servicing and MOT history, HPI checks and what you should look for when you see and test drive the car. We also cover the warranty that should be included and what advantages come with buying from a specialist used car dealer.