We know that buying a used car can be a daunting experience. Windswept forecourts containing a sea of cars can be intimidating and offputting – and then there's the finance and warranty to consider. That's why we came up with our manufacturer award, which seeks to recognise a car maker committed to making the buying process as easy as possible, while offering a choice of cars at sensible prices.
Our judges felt that Vauxhall offered all of the above, starting with its impressive model range, two of which have secured wins in this year's awards.
The Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Zafira sell in huge numbers as new cars, which means there are loads around. They also depreciate quickly, which is just what used buyers want. They're great value too; they have all the safety and technology of rivals, because each comes with a five-star NCAP rating and generous standard equipment.
Having a good product is important, but so is accessibility and aftersales service. Vauxhall's Network Q approved used scheme is one of the oldest and there are more than 350 retailers in the UK. Finding your nearest outlet and the more than 10,000 vehicles continuously on sale, is easily done online. It's there, too, that you can check Vauxhall's comprehensive approved-used package.
All used Vauxhalls sold through Network Q come complete with a multi-point check, a history check confirming the vehicle's age and mileage, any outstanding finance, if it's been stolen, plus a five-day drive-away insurance policy to get you on the road.
Bundled in, too, is a 30-day exchange policy, allowing you to swap your car for one of equal value if there's an electrical or mechanical fault that cannot be fixed. Peace of mind can extend beyond those 30 days as well, if you protect yourself against big bills for up to 60 months with a Network Q car warranty.
This nationwide presence, a huge, affordable stock and comprehensive insurance package are what make Vauxhall a worthy winner