Buy a car like you would your house
By: Click4Reg Team
Last updated: 21 April 2015
Buying a car can often throw you off your guard even when you are a methodical decision maker and authoritative when faced with a large purchase. Think of buying a car as you would your house. As a buyer, there are a million and one things to consider from the basics to the finer details such as added specifications, colour and interior. First impressions count, so when shopping around for your new car be aware that the seller is there for a purpose.
Every cloud has a silver lining, so read our 10 golden rules to stay on the right track when buying your dream car.
When buying a car, there is always room for negotiation. Have a clear cut budget and be realistic in our current climate. It is recommended to keep your car for a least three years and ensure your budget covers insurance and road tax.
Practicality should be a key priority when you are shopping for a car. Whether you are single or have a family, you should look into cars which suit your particular lifestyle.
3. Buy from a dealer
Purchasing directly from the car dealer has many perks. With knowledgeable staff and after sales support and package deals, you may find it easier to tell a car dealer exactly what you are looking for.
Take a step back and evaluate re-sale values when buying a new car. Compare whether it is financially viable to part exchange or to sell your car. Desirable cars such as the Mini and Fiat 500 will have a strong re-sale value.
5. Do not get roped in
If you purchase from a car dealer, you hold all the cards. A car dealer will do everything they can to sell the car right in front of you and not necessarily the one you want so be sure you get the best possible quote for what you want and not what they need to sell.
6. Test drive
When you go clothes shopping, trying on an item is the easiest way to determine whether it fits and you love what you wear. Test driving your potential new car is the same principle – you won’t know you love the car until you take a seat in the front.
Safety is key. There are standards that cars have to live up to and some cars will come with additional safety equipment. Before purchase, check the car’s European NCAP rating. If the car you wish to purchase achieves anything less than four stars, seriously reconsider purchase.
8. 100% commitment
Fall in love with the car before you sign on the dotted line. Once you sign any form of contract, you are legally bound to the purchase of the car.
9. Check small print
Before you sign, the small print is one of the most important parts of a contract to read. Though boring, additional costs may creep up in the small print so be sure to receive a final quote in writing before anything is confirmed.
10. Get everything in writing
Car dealers can be compared to politicians who make sweeping promises they fail to deliver. If a dealer is offering a particular quote or free annual service, ensure you get it in writing as an offer not in writing is worthless.
Buying a car can be a difficult task but with our 10 golden rules in place, you will be sure not to break the bank balance whilst enjoying your first drive in your new dream car.