Buying a new car can be a mixture of excitement, trepidation, and frustration. It’s a significant expenditure on your part. Probably the second most expensive thing you’ll buy after a house. There’s a lot to think about, and a lot of mistakes which can be made unless you do your research.
This doesn’t just mean money mistakes, but ones that can impact your lifestyle due to buying the wrong car. Of course, there’s a lot to think about. Are you going to go electric? Which model do you want? Matching the car to the lifestyle can be harder than you think. Here are some top tips to help you ensure you get what’s right for you, at a price you can afford.
Check The Independent Reviews First
The manufacturers’ website will do all they can to sell you their car, and you can’t blame them. However, you need to approach this in a logical way. When you’re looking at cars for sale or at least a specific car for sale, check the reviews. Some of the main ones are TopGear or Autocar. See what reviews the experts have given then. Then, have a look at the consumer reviews too. Do people like them, even a few months onwards? IF the car has good or decent reviews across the board you know you’re onto a winner as far as the model is concerned.
Scope Out The Dealership
You need to be careful when looking at a dealership. Some are better than others. Some adhere to higher standards of conduct than others. The dealer itself will have reviews, use them. Then you need to try and haggle for a better price. This is where research plays a huge part. You need to try and ensure that you get the best deal possible. Do this by looking online for the cheapest price you can find, and then at previous deals. This might be in the review section. There will always be room for manoeuvre and if there are any hidden fees brought out at the end which you didn’t envisage then don’t be afraid to walk out. There are other dealers out there. Being careful at this stage can save you a lot of money.
Assess Your Lifestyle
Try to buy a vehicle that matches your lifestyle. You need something which can suit your need. If you have a large family, you might want an SUV. This is also a good car to go for if you have a larger dog and want space for them in the back. If it’s just for you, you can go for a hatchback. Maybe something a little smaller. Look at your commute too. If you are driving long distances you’ll want to find something that has a good fuel economy. It’ll save you money in the long term. If you believe in green energy you might want to go for an electric car, bearing in mind you’ll need to install a charge point in your home. Of course, this may increase your house value too.