We buy a lot of cars, and this site is our way of reviewing the vehicles for our reference.
This page is meant for quick reference/highlights of how we go about buying cars. We hope these pointers help you.
Car Buying Tips
– New or used: Do you want a new car; or one that’s new to you? It’s a big decision. On the one hand, you get the benefits of new car deals and the very fact of owning the latest model; on the other, you could get a car that has already suffered the highest depreciation.
– Time to buy: If you’re buying new, you’ll probably get a better deal buying in February or August, just before the license plate changes. Equally, you’ll find dealers getting rid of used car stocks around the same time as they clear the decks for the influx of part exchanges.
– Insurance: Obviously, buying the car is only the start. Once you’ve got it, you’ve got to run it. Just go shopping around and get a range of quotes for your prospective new car – you can run ballpark checks if you know the make, model, and year, but if you have the registration mark, you can get more accurate estimates.
– Running costs: Keeping a car on the road and running efficiently requires proper consideration, particularly if you’re buying a used vehicle. What are the servicing costs? How much are spare parts? How economical is it on a journey and around town?
– Finance: Have you thought about how you are going to pay for your car? If you’ve got a bag of cash, then you’re probably in a dominant position to haggle a deal. If not, then you need to research the various finance deals being offered, including the car dealers.
– Budget: No matter whether you’re in the market for a bargain runaround or a thoroughbred roadster, you need to know how much you can afford to spend on it. So do your sums, work your budget and try to resist the temptation to deviate from it.
– Research: The internet is your close ally and friend where research is concerned. Sites like Best Car Buyers’ Guide provide reliable information on what you can expect from the car you’re considering, its pros and cons, price guides, and how much it will cost to keep on the road.
– Test: Having decided on what car you’re going to go for and how much you can afford to spend, the next thing to do is to get behind the wheel and try it. Whether you’re looking at new or used, take the time to test drive a few examples and get a feel for it.
– Negotiate: Times are tight, and it’s a buyer’s market, so bite the bullet and be prepared to haggle. If you’ve got a vehicle to trade-in, a factor that into the equation as well. Maybe you could get more for it in a private sale? Don’t just accept the first offer. There’s nearly always room for maneuver.
– Enjoy: Once you’ve got your new car, drive it, love it, and enjoy it. Don’t dwell on what you might have gained. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your car, so get to know it inside and out. Happy motoring!