Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when buying a new car, but there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Follow our tips and you could be driving away in your new motor before you know it:
Think about your requirements
When narrowing down what make or model to buy, it’s worth thinking about what you’ll be using it for. Are you looking for a car for the daily commute? Will you be travelling long distances? Is fuel efficiency important? Will you be carrying passengers regularly?
See what fits the bill
Once you’ve got in mind what features or specifications you really want the car to have, such as number of doors or seats, or a particular engine type or size, have a look around to see what models are right for you. You might not find a car that ticks every box so stay open-minded and pick what suits you best.
Do your homework
Once you’ve decided which is the right car for you, it’s time to get investigating and find out as much as possible about it. You’ll want to know how much it typically sells for, what specifications to expect and whether or not this includes any special features. It also won’t hurt check reviews/forums to see what people really think about the car, including any potential negatives. Websites such as www.which.co.uk and www.whatcar.com are a great source of information whilst you’re still doing your research.
Set your budget
Be realistic about the amount you can afford or are willing to pay, it’s a good idea to set a maximum amount and stick to it. It’s important not to get carried away and remember that running a car can be pretty pricey, with insurance, fuel, tax and service costs to bear in mind. And there can always be unexpected costs regardless of how experienced a driver you are, or how well you look after your car.
Often car prices are flexible, be willing to practice your negotiating skills to see if you can get a better deal!
Consider your finance options
When it comes to paying for your new car if you require finance it’s a good idea to explore the various finance options available. Car dealerships will often be happy to discuss spreading payments over many months, but a personal loan could work out a better deal. Don’t forget to check what the total amount will be rather than just looking at the monthly payment. If you are replacing an existing car, consider how you can get the best value out of it, whether it’s by part-exchanging, or private sale.
Take a test drive
You won’t really know if a car is right for you until you take it for a test drive! This will make sure you’re comfortable driving, and if the car ‘feels’ right for you to complete the purchase. Perhaps take someone along for a second opinion?
Remember you can always walk away
If you’re set on a certain model but there’s something that doesn’t quite feel right about the car, or the deal you’re being offered, don’t be worried about walking away to give yourself a little extra time to think. Sales people can be very persuasive at making you think an offer is for that visit only, but the reality is, there could be a better deal just around the corner!
Good luck in finding your dream car!
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