About The Used Car Guy

Marcus Rockey

Buying a used car is a great way of cutting the cost of your driving as most new cars lose around 40% of their value in the first year.

But, you already know there are risks involved when buying second hand so it’s important to take your time rather than rush into a new purchase. Ultimately you will need to buy with head rather than your heart.

I’m Marcus Rockey and have bought and sold used cars to the trade and public for almost 30 years. My father, Nigel Rockey, established a car dealership in Bristol in 1970 so I naturally spent my childhood and early adult years repairing, cleaning, driving and eventually buying and selling used cars.

At 11 years old I made a first sale – a 1989 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6L, 5 doors in Glacier white. I think it sold for £4,995.


image of my fathers car dealership in Bristol called Kingswood Motors


Over the years I have picked up knowledge and experience that offers an overwhelming advantage when deciding on a used car. Fifteen minutes or so and I can generally tell if a car is good or bad.

My website helps privately motorists buy or sell a used car and avoid getting ripped off in the process. It has become a passion to help buyers make informed choices that secures their hard earned money.

The used car trade has inherited a pretty poor name for itself over the last 30 years, with good reason. Some dealers (and private sellers) think of their pocket first and the customer second.

Once you have bought a car your liability is part of the purchase.

Dealers must offer warranties and you have consumer rights (mostly for the first 30 days after purchase). But those rights quickly diminish.


man walking a tightrope


Warranties cover mechanical failure rather than wear and tear. Because many components are excluded on your average warranty, try to lead with your head and not your heart.

Buying a car is often one of the largest single investments you will make. Being able to find one of good quality is critical to the welfare of your time and money.

Marcus Rockey
The Used Car Guy

A UKBA Blog Awards Finalist 2015 & 2016

Top UK automotive blog for two consecutive yearsMay 5, 2016
Marcus and Granddaughter, Mia.

With granddaughter, Mia.

Father, Nigel Rockey rallying in 1976

My father Nigel, rallying in 1976 with his Ford Escort RS1800 Mexico.

My father, Nigel Rockey, before he died in February 2017

As soon as I could walk, dad began teaching the secrets of the motor trade and everything there was to know about buying and selling cars. The Used Car Guy is a tribute to his knowledge and experience.

His first car garage, Kingswood Motors was founded in 1970 and held space for just 27 cars. Dad was selling over 500 cars a year from that tiny garage and was dubbed ‘One of the finest names in the motor trade’.

Kingswood Motors 1970 – 2016
Dad passed away 23rd January 2017