Advice and Tips // 12 April 2016
The time has finally come to get yourself a new car and you are already searching for the perfect one. Before you make any decisions though, there are a few things to consider and look for..
You have already made the decision to buy a used car over a brand new car, and that is one of the biggest steps out of the way. Now we have a few tips to help the next stage of your journey run as smoothly as possible.
Buying a car can be a big expense, so picking one that is cheaper to run will really help cut down the cost in the long run. You can easily compare running costs of different car models online by using tools such as What Car?
But if you’re not sure what cars you want to compare just yet, keep in mind these simple rules;
As soon as you have decided what car to buy, you need to work out how to get the best deal. Most car dealers have targets to meet, which tend to be quarterly. This means that the end of March, June, September and December are the most common times for dealers to be willing to negotiate.
Once you have decided what car you want it is a good idea to account for the extra upfront costs, and any ongoing costs for the keep of the car. It is important to get a rough idea of what costs you will need to account for on top of the initial cost of the care.
These costs include;
Visit a variety of dealerships in your area to get a rough idea of the price of your chosen model, if you are prepared to travel a little further it can be worth-while checking out dealerships further away to get a better range of prices.
Make a note of the best price and location and you can go back to your local dealer to see if they can match the best offer, always be prepared to haggle.
The most obvious, yet important thing to do is check the car. Although the overall appearance might look great this could be misleading. We have a list of the essentials you must check before putting any money down.
Take the car for a test drive before you buy, a test drive is a great way to see how you like the feel of the car, and don’t be shy to ask for a second test drive if you feel that you need it. After all, it is a big commitment and you want to be sure the car is right for you.
You are just about to buy your car, but just before you sign on the dotted line ensure you have ALL of the correct paper work you need. The most important things to check for are;