Buy Now, Pay Later: The Pitfalls To Avoid On A New Car Search

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When you’re buying a new car, the last thing you want is to be paying for making the wrong decision months and years later. Choosing a new car isn’t just about taking a fancy to a trim or a sleek design. This is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some pitfalls to avoid if you’re looking to replace your car.

Buying online (without seeing the vehicle first)

It’s increasingly common to buy cars online. There’s nothing wrong with window shopping via websites, getting tips and advice about new and used cars and finding out more about prices and offers, but resist the temptation to seal a deal without actually seeing the car. Whether you’re trawling through listings on a dealership website or bidding on an auction site, it’s wise to arrange to take a look at the vehicle first. Contact the seller or dealer, set up a meeting, and have a good look around. Photographs can be deceptive, and descriptions may not be 100% accurate. If you’re buying a used car, always ask to see the service history, check the mileage and find out how many owners the car has had.

Skipping the test drive

If you’re a driver, it’s really important that you’re comfortable behind the wheel, and you enjoy the way the car handles and drives. It’s impossible to get a feel for the car without actually taking it for a spin, so always book a test drive. Taking the car out will give you a better insight into how much you like the vehicle, and it’ll also help you compare cars if you’re trying to choose between different options.

Not being open-minded

If you’re on the hunt for a new car, try and be open-minded, rather than focusing on a single make or model. If you concentrate on just one car or brand, you may be missing out on options that would suit you much better or save you money. Even if you think you know what you want, take the time to consider your options, book some test drives, and get some quotes. If you’re not really sure what you’re looking for, visit Car Buying Strategies for more useful hints and tips to help you locate the perfect new car for you. It’s always a good idea to go into a showroom or dealership with a list of questions and to think about what features are most important to you.

Not negotiating

A car is only worth what you’re willing to pay for it, so if you think the price is too high, be prepared to negotiate. In most cases, there is wriggle room, and sometimes, you can save a significant sum of money if you’re willing to drive a hard bargain. There’s less room for movement on a brand new car, but you should be able to strike a deal that suits you on a second-hand motor.

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When you replace your car, it’s important to find a vehicle that is going to get you from A to B safely, but it’s also essential to look for a car that represents a good investment. You don’t want to make errors that will cost you later.

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