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With the sheer number of used cars throughout the United Kingdom continuing to rise, finding the vehicle of your dreams is now easier than ever before.
Still, it is always a good idea to search for a car that is equipped with all of the latest gadgets and features. As this can sometimes be easier said than done, it is a good idea if we take a look at how to encounter models with services such as GPS, back-up cameras and adaptive cruise control. This will enable you to make the best choices at the most appropriate times.


Otherwise known as Global Positioning System software, this technology enables you to know your exact location within only a few metres (or less). So, it is one of the most important features to look out for. Many models began featuring GPS systems as standard features around 2005. Normally, this unit is installed in the dashboard quite close to the radio.

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Back-Up Cameras

It should be mentioned that these cameras will be required in 2018 as part of the standard safety features of any car. They become very popular in 2010 and while they were at one time considered to be a luxury employed in only high-end vehicles, the chances are quite high that a used car produced in 2010 or later will be equipped with this handy vision system.

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Although the famous Bluetooth system has been around for well over a decade, it only began appearing in vehicles during the 2009 production year. Interestingly enough, no less than 81 per cent of used cars manufactured after 2009 are said to have Bluetooth equipped as standard. This was a massive increase when compared to only 47 per cent a year earlier. If you have the need to enjoy a hands-free communication system while on the road, keep an eye out for this amenity.

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Adaptive Cruise Control

Although only present after 2013, this is still a great option to keep in mind. The benefit of adaptive cruise control is that it has the ability to sense other drivers on the road. This will enable your car to maintain a safe distance; dramatically reducing the chances of an accident occurring. Such an option would not have been possible with traditional cruise control technology. Approximately one-third of all cars from 2013 onwards will sport this option. If long-distance road trips are a common part of your routine, this technology should definitely be considered.

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Dual-Zone Climate Control

Do you travel often with friends, family or colleagues? If so, this revolutionary form of climate control is a useful option. It has been offered in many vehicles since 2006 and it is particularly popular in larger units such as minivans and sport utility vehicles. As the name suggests, this climate control option enables you to adjust the temperature of certain zones within the car. It is said that over 50 per cent of all cars manufactured after 2006 offer dual-zone climate control.

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Blind Spot Monitoring

This is a feature that monitors the blind spot of a vehicle and informs you when it is safe to change lanes thanks to an icon located on your side mirror. It was widely available beginning in 2013 and is prominent with larger vehicles that may have equally profound blind spots.

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These are some of the features to look out for when shopping for a used car. If you are looking for a quality vehicle with all of the modern amenities, please contact us to learn more. You will be impressed with what we have to offer.

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