What to look for when researching a car

When it comes to researching your car, you can never know too much. If you're going to make the second biggest purchase of your life, it doesn't hurt to be prepared. We're on hand to give you all the information you could need in the run up to purchasing a car.

Researching your new car

Researching your new car can be a big task, and it’s often difficult to know where to start! We want to make it a pain free task, so we’re here to make it that little bit easier for you.

We’ve brought together everything you should need in one place, and we’re on hand to give you all the information you’ll need when researching a car.

Already on the buying stage? We can help with that too. We can even help if you’ve already bought the car and need some after buying or maintenance tips.

Understanding affordability

Buying a car that is affordable is different for everyone. Depending on your monthly income and your credit score, your affordability will differ from others. We run affordability checks on every application, and so will other lenders, to make sure that you are able to afford the monthly payments, alongside any other large outgoings you may have.

To help you understand why we do this, we’ve taken a look at what the word ‘affordable’ means, and what it means in car finance terms. We want to help you make an informed decision on what car to purchase and how much car finance you should ask for. After all, understanding your affordability and calculating what you can afford is the key to owning a car on finance.

Should I buy, finance or lease my next car?

Buying a car can be one of the most exciting moments of your life, and it should be!

You don’t want to get bogged down with finance jargon, but it’s important to understand what you are agreeing to. As well as if it’s something you think you can live with and afford for an extended period of time.

We’ve highlighted and compared the differences between buying, leasing and financing a car, in the hope it can help you make an informed decision, on what works best for you.

Car safety features

Think we can all agree, that as much as a car can be a necessity, or a statement, it’s also incredibly important that it’s safe. With so many new safety features coming out every year, it’s difficult to know what to look for.

Making sure you’re aware of all the ways a car can protect you and your loved ones if you ever have a crash is extremely important. Are you aware of all the car safety features that you should be looking for?

Petrol vs Diesel

One of the first questions you’ll often be asked when searching for a new car will be, do you want a petrol or a diesel? Well both can be great, but it can depend on a lot of different reasons, including the sort of driving you do most.

To understand what fuel type is best for your next car, we’re on hand to help you weigh up the benefits.

Hybrid and Electric cars

Hybrid and Electric cars are becoming more popular on the roads. To a lot of us they are the unknown and making the leap to change into one can be a bit daunting. So, to help you understand why both can be a great change from a petrol or diesel, we’ve brought together the positives and negatives of Hybrid and Electric cars. Helping you to make the best choice for your next vehicle.

How to decide what car to buy

With lots of cars on the market, with so many different features and prices, there’s lots to consider when buying a car. But how do you know what car is going to work best for you?

Well we’re here to help. We’ve pulled together a list of things that you should consider when looking for your next car, including size, budget and much more. All to help you make sure that your car makes your life easier and works for your everyday life on the road.