Been burned when buying a used car? Ford Dealer Allen Ford explains how their approved used schemes can give you peace of mind with your purchase

PUBLISHED: 10:02 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:16 20 March 2018

Ford Kuga SUV

Ford Kuga SUV


Fed up with haggling on people’s drives over a used car, only to find out later it’s on its last legs?

Red Ford Focus ST on roadRed Ford Focus ST on road

Since their introduction more than 25 years ago, manufacturer-backed approved used schemes have changed the way the UK buys used cars, and Ford’s is no exception.

Whether you’re looking to drive away in a Ford Fiesta, Britain’s best-loved supermini, or the smart SUV Kuga, Allen Ford has you covered.

The dealership’s used car sales event, at the Romford, Brentwood and Upminster branches from March 22 to March 26, is a great place to find a quality used motor at the best possible price.

Here they share details of the approved used schemes and how you can get most of the benefits of a brand-new car at rock-bottom prices.

Blue Ford Fiesta on a roadBlue Ford Fiesta on a road


What does ‘approved used’ mean?

An approved used scheme is a manufacturer-backed way of buying a used car that has to go through an extensive amount of quality testing before it is sold.

Buying a used Ford is comparable to buying a new one; it just depends on the scheme you purchase through, and Ford has two to choose from – Ford Direct and Ford Approved.


What if something goes wrong down the line?

The dealership can also attach warranties to the vehicles giving customers a safety net should things go wrong down the road.

Ford Direct vehicles are supplied by the manufacturer themselves and come with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty. Each one is comprehensively re-conditioned by Ford, and is subject to an independent inspection from a qualified RAC technician.

If you buy through the Ford Approved programme, the balance of the manufacturer’s warranty will stay with the car. A multi-point inspection will also be carried out and signed off on, giving you peace of mind.

With both schemes, you get roadside assistance included in the sticker price (Ford Approved one year, Ford Direct two years), as well as the full service history. Also included is seven-day drive away insurance so you don’t need to waste time haggling with your insurer on the forecourt.


When is the best time to buy a used car?

In March many people are trading in their vehicles to coincide with the new 18 registration plates coming out, so dealers like Allen Ford have plenty of cars in stock. September is also a good month as the plates change to 68 ones.


How can I pay for the car?

Finance is also available on each vehicle, and you can choose your own deposit and payment term to fit your financial situation.*


Is a used Ford Fiesta still a good deal?

The All-new Ford Fiesta seventh generation appeared on UK streets back in July 2017, but the previous sixth generation remains a much sought-after motor.

This was the first Fiesta to feature the award-winning EcoBoost engine, which delivers incredible performance and economy, and emissions, allowing the car to reach speeds of 112mph. And at 65.7mpg, running costs are low as well for models featuring the EcoBoost.


Allen Ford’s relationship with the American manufacturer stretches back more than 100 years ago to the days of the Model T, which the company founder Charles Henry Allen had a hand in developing.

The dealership also has sites across Essex, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and the West Midlands.

To make an enquiry or book a test drive call 01708 774697 (Romford) / 01277 265096 (Brentwood) / 01708 256217 (Upminster) or visit

*Finance is subject to status, and guarantees/indemnities may be required.

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