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Looking For New Wheels? A Guide To Stress-Free Car Buying

Looking For New Wheels? A Guide To Stress-Free Car Buying

If you took a moment to Google new or used cars, you’d be greeted with hundreds of links and adverts. While it’s fantastic to have a choice as a buyer, being inundated with offers and ads can be confusing. With so many makes and models to choose from, how do you go about finding the right car for you? If you’re shopping around for new wheels, here are some tips to make the buying process a breeze.

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Setting a budget

Perhaps the most important step to take when embarking upon a search for a new car is setting a budget. Buying a car costs money, and it’s always beneficial to work out how much you can spend long before you fall head over heels for a car that is way out of your price range. Figure out how much you have available either to pay out as a lump sum or to put down a deposit and then pay the remaining costs monthly. If you’re looking online, you can set filters to ensure that the results match your budget, and you can organize results based on price. If you’re considering getting a car on finance and spreading the cost over a period of a few years, ensure you can afford the monthly payments, and shop around for deals and special offers. You might find that some dealerships put a contribution towards your down payment, for example. Once you’ve got a budget, you can focus on vehicles that match your requirements.

New versus used

If you’re on the hunt for a new car, think about whether you want a brand new vehicle straight off the forecourt or a used car. New cars have the advantage of being in pristine condition, they won’t have previous owners, and you may have more control over customization options, but it is worth noting that new vehicles lose value very quickly. As you drive away from the dealership, your car will have already lost value. Used cars may not give you the flexibility in terms of color, trim or features, but they often offer better value for money. If you know exactly what kind of car you’d like, but you can’t afford a new model, look for nearly new cars instead. When shopping for a used car, take care when buying from private sellers and be prepared to negotiate with dealers. It’s wise to research in advance to make sure you pay what the car is worth. Taking a car out for a test drive is always a good idea. You can get a feel for the vehicle, gauge comfort and performance levels and see how it runs.

Creating a wish list

Every driver is different, and some people have different priorities and requirements to others. When you’re exploring your options, think carefully about what matters to you most. Are you looking for a family-friendly vehicle with plenty of space and a flawless safety record, or are you searching for a sporty number that offers a thrilling ride? Do you need a versatile car or truck you can use for work, or is fuel economy your main concern? Create a wish list based on your individual preferences. This will help you narrow down the options.

Researching

Seeing a car in a showroom or on a garage forecourt is very different to driving a car day in, day out, and this is why research is important. Take your time to compare different contenders, learn more about various makes and models and seek expert advice. If you’re thinking about buying a Chevy, visit an experienced dealer, look at the models that tick the boxes, and take a test drive. Ask questions, get recommendations, and don’t be too hasty when it comes to making a decision. If you don’t have a specific make in mind, visit different dealerships or go to a vendor that sells cars from multiple manufacturers. If you have a short list, mull over the pros and cons, and don’t forget to ask about prices. There may be some room for maneuver if you’re prepared to haggle.

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Booking a test drive

Looking good is not the only criteria that concerns prospective car buyers. Every model is different, and you might find that some cars are a lot more comfortable than others, some are easier to handle, and some are lighter, quicker, and more responsive. Booking a test drive offers a host of benefits. You can really get a feel for a car when you’re driving around, and you can compare how you feel with other driving experiences. You may find that the car that was leading the way before the test drive doesn’t meet your expectations when you’re behind the wheel, and this is why doing a trial run can be useful. You’ll also get a better idea of the space available inside the vehicle, and you can learn more about the features and gadgets.

Closing the deal

If you’ve found the one, it’s time to close the deal. If you’re taking out a contract and paying monthly, it’s always beneficial to compare prices from different dealers before signing on the dotted line. If you’re paying up front for a new or used car, look out for special offers and try and bring the price down. In many cases, the ticket price is negotiable, and if you’re prepared to drive a hard bargain, you could save yourself a substantial amount of money.

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Has your car seen better days, or is your current contract drawing to a close? If you’re searching for a new car, shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. Set a budget, think about what you want and take your time to look at different makes and models, take some for a spin and weigh up the pros and cons. Shop around for the best prices, visit reputable dealerships only, compare used and new cars and give negotiating a go. It’s always useful to be open-minded and to make sure you have all the information you need before you make a final decision.  

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Why You Should Buy A Used Car

Why You Should Buy A Used Car

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Life can be expensive. No matter what your job, whether you have kids or where you live, it is important to budget out your expenses. A car is an essential part of many people’s lives. Getting you to work, the kids to school or just to the shops, you need a car that you can rely on and you know won’t breakdown in a moments notice.

Buying a car may seem like a daunting and costly process. When searching for a new car, your first thought might be “maybe I need a brand new car”. As nice as it is to have a new car, at times, it may not be practical in terms of your expenses. Buying a new car will always be the more costly option. And the sad thing is, as soon as you drive it out of the showroom, its price starts to depreciate. With used cars, not only do they have a lower price tag making it more enticing to buy, but they are more likely to keep their value for longer.

An inevitability of buying any car is that you may from time to time have to purchase parts for it. One benefit of a used car is that you can often find the parts easier – as more places will stock them, and you will be able to pick them up for a more reasonable price as they are older.

Whether you are on a hunt for a used Hyundai, a used Mini Cooper or a used Fiat 500 (to name a few popular options), there will be plenty of places out there that sells them. From apps such as Autotrader to showrooms, you can pick up a reliable car at a price that won’t damage your wallet. Another plus point of used cars is that you can also usually pick them up straight away from wherever you have bought it from – in comparison to purchasing them brand new, in which you usually have to wait for the car to be ready to pick up. It’s important that you do your research however, as you want to make sure that the used car is still worth the money you paid.

Older, used cars also have the advantage of lower insurance and tax – saving you much needed money in the long term. Yes, this of course does depend on the age of the driver, but overall it would cost you more to be insured on a brand new Mercedes than a 15-year-old Ford KA – for example. Most cars these days also look pretty similar with features that you will (let’s be honest) never use. So with used cars that are a little older, you may have more options to choose from. Nothing compares to vintage cars, simple yet beautiful, they showcase the driver’s personality.

Whether you are on the hunt for your first car, a family car or a runaround, a used car is always a worthy option. Cheaper in the long run and generally easier to repair, they are perfect for those who don’t have endless amounts of money in their pocket and want to keep on top of their finances.

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What To Look For In A New Car This Year

What To Look For In A New Car This Year

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When it comes to life, there are always going to be things that you need to upgrade, it’s very much just the way of things. However, this can also be expensive. Because things only ever last so long, and then you need to find something new. But this is exactly why we need to be aware of what we’re going to need to pay out for, and then start to save up for it. One of the areas of your life that this very much applies to, is your car. Because they just don’t last forever. And sure, you are going to find that you’re able to look after your car well to prolong its life, but sometimes, that can cost you an awful lot of money. So, it can be a good idea to make sure that you’re upgrading your car over the course of a period of time.

Now, if you know that it’s time to make an upgrade on your vehicle, you’re probably looking for the right deals to come your way. But at the same time, to make sure that you’re able to get the right car for your budget and your family, you do then also need to make sure that you know what you need. To do this, it’s handy to have priorities. As this can help you to narrow down options. So let’s take a look at what some of them could be.

Style

To start with, let’s talk about style. This is all about the image. While this won’t be important to everybody, because substance is so very often more important than style, maybe you want a nice car to drive around in. For this, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re considering some of the most stylish cars that are around today. This could be the Lexus LC Coupe, or maybe even the sporty little Audi TT Coupe? Think about what kind of look you want from the look of a car if it’s important to you.

Safety

Next, there’s safety to think about. Because for a lot of people, a car needs to do the job and allow you to get from A to B. For this, you’re going to want to look at the safest cars on the market right now. Most of the time, you’re going to be looking at a reliable family car or SUV for this. But definitely consider models that span the different car sizes, as outlined in the following point.

Size

However, it’s important to think about the size of the car that you want too. Do you know what kind of size you need. Maybe you need an SUV, such as the latest Honda models, to fit your family in? Or perhaps you want something smaller just for you? Make sure you’re aware of whether you want a small car, an SUV, or even an executive model. Because also, this then allows you to narrow down your options too.

Efficiency

And then we have the efficiency of the car, or the overall cost. If you know that you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your vehicle, then you need value for money. And not just in the sense of what you’re buying. But also, in how cost effective it is on the road. If you know you want an energy efficient car, this may also be great to run too. Just make sure that you’re considering the cost of insurance, maintenance, and fuel too.

Accessories

If you know that you want set features in the car, it’s very important for you to think about what kinds of accessories that you want. Do you want an entertainment system? Or maybe you want to go for integrated WiFi or Bluetooth? Make sure that you know how you want the car to be finished, because this can then point you in the right direction of your perfect vehicle.

Reliability


Finally, maybe the most important part of buying a new car for you, is that it’s reliable. And this is so important if you drive a lot for work or have a family – as you won’t want to be without a car. So take a look at some of the most reliable models on the market right now. For small cars, this could be a Toyota Yaris, or an Audi A3 as a family car, and then you also have the Volvo V60 as an option for an executive model. So think about these options if you’re looking for something of quality.


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