How to get the best deal on your new car (Part 1 of 2)
Whether you’re looking to buy a top of the range model, or a pre-owned car, going about it the right way can often save you hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Here’s a short 2-part guide to the best techniques to employ, ensuring you get the best value for your money.
1. Price, price, price
Never forget that in any given area of the country there will normally be hundreds of similar vehicles on sales, so although lots of other considerations obviously come into it, your ultimate deciding-factor should always be price.
You can’t afford to enter a dealership without having a firm idea of your requirements, or you’re likely to drive away with something completely impractical and out of your price range. What number of doors / seatbelts do you need? What engine size / fuel consumption are you looking for given your day-to-day usage and annual mileage? What additional features, such as GPS, sun-roof, entertainment systems do you want including?
Once you know what you want, then DO NOT go into a dealership yet.
Go online. Search the websites of your local dealerships to see what they have available, and check what prices are like nationally. Buying a new or used car often involves handing over large sums of money, so you need to go into it with your eyes open.
Once you have a selection of 3-5 possible models, then schedule an afternoon for visits.
Don’t go in planning to buy, in fact it may be an idea to remove temptation completely and leave your wallet at home. You’re there to learn, and narrow down your selection, or even tear up your list and start afresh.
You should never buy a vehicle without taking it for a test-drive first. Each drive should be for at least 20 miles. This is one area you can’t afford to miss, so drive over different terrain at slow and faster speeds to see how the engine runs. Practise parking and changing lanes to assess manoeuverability. Drive over bumps and holes to judge the quality of the suspension. And listen to the car at all times.
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