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Total cash price £4,620. Borrowing £4,158.00 with a £462.00 deposit at a representative APR of 11.4%.

First payment of
£90.09
58 monthly payments of
£90.09
Fixed interest rate
6%
Option-to-purchase fee
£0
Final payment
£90.09
Total amount payable
£5,867.40

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Delivery to your door

We offer delivery of our used car sales in Essex. Please contact us on the numbers at the bottom of the page to arrange this – we use a handful of certified drivers and may even be able to have the vehicle delivered the very same day! Delivery is an additional cost on top of purchase price.

Part Exchanges

Great prices for your Part Exchange

We are happy to accept part exchange on car purchases, all we need is the full registration and mileage of your current car to be able to give you an approximate valuations. Of course this valuation can vary slightly due to condition of the vehicle when we see it, so the more transparently you can describe the car the more accurate our quote can be over the phone. Alternatively, just come down and see us at our dealership in Essex for a price. This can often be a little more straight forward.

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Book your test-drive online

You can call us on the numbers at the bottom of the page and you can place a fully refundable £100 deposit on the vehicle which secures it and takes it off sale until you are ready to come and view the car.

Call us today to book in a test drive in any of our used cars at our dealerships in Rayleigh, Essex.

Easy to reach

Two sites in central Essex

We have 2 dealerships both very close to each other – Our original forecourt is on the Rear of Brookside off of London Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9ES (Behind the carwash and next to Swallow Aquatics). This site holds 100+ cars in stock. Our second site and offices are located on the old Gables Garage estate across the roundabout, SS6 9EY (opposite the Carpenters Arms pub. This site holds approximately 25-30 cars. Both our sites are located in Rayleigh, Essex. We are just off of the A13/A127 and roughly 5 minutes from the A12. We offer fantastic used cars in Essex at a great price!

Premium used cars in Essex

Welcome to Cars Under £3000

Cars Under 3000 is a family run used car dealership in Essex! Our aim is to provide a first class service at an affordable cost, and we don’t believe anybody does it quite like us..

We know buying a used car in Essex isn’t always easy. And so our aim is to make the process as simple and enjoyable as we possibly can. We don’t just want you to come once and leave with a car you’re satisfied with. We want to build a relationship, that brings you back time and time again for all your motoring needs..

Whatever used car in Essex you’re after, big, small, 7 seats or convertible.. petrol, diesel, first time car or a transit van for work. Give us a chance to put you in the right vehicle, and for the right price..

Our team is down to earth, friendly and experienced. We’ve sold thousands and thousands of cars between us and we’re confident that by now we know exactly what you’re after. So what are you waiting for, whether you are looking to find and purchase, or sell your car, give us a call today, or feel free to come and see us for a chat over a coffee or cold refreshment!

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

The Cars Under 3000 team!

Do you offer delivery?

Yes, we deliver used car models across Essex. To arrange, please contact us using the numbers below. We utilize certified drivers and may even offer same-day delivery! Note: Delivery incurs an additional fee on top of the purchase price.

Where are you based?

We have two nearby locations in Rayleigh, Essex. Our original forecourt, holding over 100 cars, is at the rear of Brookside off London Road, SS6 9ES (behind the carwash and next to Swallow Aquatics). Our second site, on the old Gables Garage estate across the roundabout, SS6 9EY (opposite the Carpenters Arms pub), houses 25-30 cars and our offices. Conveniently located just off the A13/A127 and about 5 minutes from the A12.

Do you accept part exchange?

Yes, we gladly accept part exchange on used car purchases. Simply provide the full registration and mileage of your current car for an approximate valuation. Please note, the final valuation may vary based on the vehicle’s condition upon inspection, so a transparent description helps ensure accuracy. Alternatively, visit us for an in-person quote, which is often more straightforward. If you’re looking to sell your car, we can also provide a purchase quote!

How do I reserve a car and/or book a test drive?

You can call us on the numbers at the bottom of the page and you can place a fully refundable £100 deposit on the vehicle which secures it and takes it off sale until you are ready to come and view the car.

How do I do my tax and logbook?

Once you have purchased your new car, we can put the logbook into your name and address, (this will take approximately 5 days to come through in the post from the DVLA). We can help you organise your road tax if necessary – the main thing you need is the document reference number off of the V5C2. The following link will take you to the website where you can tax you car: https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax

We can also assist with private plate transfers. All of this whilst sitting in the comfort of our office with drinks and refreshments in hand!

How can I pay for my car?

We accept all major debit cards, bank transfer or cash payment.

I want to trade in my car but it's a non-runner?

Yes. Unless stated otherwise, our vehicles generally come with a 3 month engine and gearbox mechanical failure warranty. The basic warranty that you receive free of charge is based on a 50/50 customer contribution. We also provide external warranty packages, currently with the A1 which can be taken out for 6 months, 12 months or 24 months. These warranties are a great insurance product to protect you from any unexpected costs and have a claim limit of £1000 which can be used as many times as needed during the period of the warranty. Please ask in the office or over the phone for any more warranty details, coverage and price lists.

Do you offer drive-away insurance?

Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to offer driveaway insurance – we are more than happy to help set up your policy if required but it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure the car is insured when leaving the premises. If you are interested in driveaway insurance – we recommend using the following website: www.tempcover.com

Do You Buy Cars?

Absolutely! We are a reputable used car dealer committed to providing a comprehensive range of automotive services, and one of them is buying cars. If you are looking to sell your car in Essex, we’d be more than happy to assist you