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Why Buying a Used Vehicle Is Better

Why Buying a Used Vehicle Is Better

If you are in the middle of deciding what type of car to buy or truck to buy, the chances are you have browsed online for both new options, and second hand. Each choice has a range of pros and cons, for example, driving a new car is a pretty sweet drive. They have air-con, perfectly working heaters, inbuilt parking sensors and cameras. Some will even park for you now… Or in the case of Tesla – drive for you. And all of those things are great, but they come at a pretty steep price. If you aren’t a cash buyer, and most of us aren’t you might struggle to find a finance deal that is going to work for you. Or, you might not want to be locked into a contract for the next X amount of years.

Used cars come with much fewer strings. Unless it’s in the newer age bracket of ‘used,’ it’s usually within the grasp of most people to be able to afford it. But if you are shopping used trucks and cars online here are a few great reasons to buy used – not new.

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Depreciation

No one who buys a new car ever says ‘well this was an investment!’. The moment it rolls off the lot, it loses a heap of value. And then over the following three years, they can lose up to 50%. Which is a lot if you are making a 30-40k investment. Used cars, however, you’re not likely to worry too much about that. You’re already getting a great deal on a car in perfect working order – just a few years under its belt.

Lower Insurance

Older car – cheaper to repair (in most cases). The value of your vehicle is one of the primary factors that is taken into account when determining the rates that you’re going to pay. It makes sense, right? The higher the value of the car, the more money the insurance company will have to pay out in the event of an accident. Of course, there are other factors, like how long you’ve been driving and how many seats are in the car. But mostly, they’re looking at the value.

Longer Life

While you can still find plenty of 20+-year-old cars trundling along, in general vehicles are designed to last longer now. Of course, they all have a certain amount of miles in them, and by no means in 100,000, the same as 200,000 but car designers and engineers have made incredible strides in the giving cars a longer lifespan.

This is one of the things that people who are buying used cars worry about, but with cars designed to last, it shouldn’t be a concern. Unless you are really going to buy that 20-year-old Volvo – of course.

Pick Of The Litter

Or something like that anyway. If you want an older model because it had a sweet shape, more boot space or a particular gadget they phased out then used is going to be your best friend. Each year, around 350 models of new car hit the market. Which might sound a little OTT, it’s just that some marketing is better than others – and we don’t always see the models that get released in other countries. So if that is what the new car market has each year, you can begin to imagine the range of the used car market.

Online Information

New cars come with a blank sheet. And that’s cool, but older cars come with a personality – and that is cooler. But, what is more – you have access to their history. You can check the plates of the vehicle too, has it been stolen? Do the plates match the make and model of the car?

If the car has been in an accident, has been repaired, or failed its last MOT you will have access to all of the information before you decide to purchase the car. Of course, a clean MOT one year isn’t a guarantee that it will pass the next – but if you know what some of the issues were, you will have an idea of what you can expect the next time.

More Motor for Your Money

A new car is going to run you a few thousand. Either upfront or a couple of hundred a month in a contract. If you have the cash to play with, then you’re going to be able to get a lot more car for your money. A new Land Rover, or a Volvo 4×4, are anywhere between $45,000 – $177,000. Which is pretty steep, even on finance. But a few thousand will get you second-hand version – with a few miles on the clock.

You aren’t tied to only purchasing something that has a heap of functions you might not use. You can buy any make, and model and any year of car that you like. In fact, if you have time, you can spend as long as you like finding the perfect second-hand sweetheart for you.

New Driver?

Obviously, no one wants this to happen, but in the first year of driving most people are more likely to have a crash. The insurance on a newer car is already going to be high, add in a new driver premium – and then an accident? It makes the car even more expensive. Having a slightly older car, and maybe even on the cheaper side is going to put you at ease just that little bit more when you start driving unaccompanied.

Cover

If you buy from a used car garage, the car will usually come with a decent warranty. One that will keep your covered for 3-6-9 months and the follow-up care is generally pretty nice too.

In general, there are pros and cons to both new and used. But, if you are looking to maximize what you can get with the money you have, and keep your insurance low, then used cars will win every time.

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How To Avoid A Junker When Buying A Used Car

How To Avoid A Junker When Buying A Used Car

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A junker, as the name suggests, is something that is only fit for junk! When buying a used car, therefore, you need to take steps to avoid a motor that, let’s be honest, should only be homed in a scrap yard, and not on your driveway. If you don’t, not only will you have a potential money pit on your hands, something that will cost you a fortune in repairs and breakdown fees, but you might also have something that could put your life in danger.

Here then are some tips that we hope you find useful. Our advice here should hopefully help you avoid a junker of a car the next time you’re looking for a new set of wheels.

#1: Buy your car from a reputable dealer

When shopping for used cars, you might be spoiled for choice. From private sellers flogging their motors in the classifieds (online and off) to the many dealerships in your local area, you won’t be short of cars to consider for your next purchase. However, while many sellers will be honest and fair with you, there might be those who don’t have as many morals. Especially when it comes to private sellers who don’t have to offer you a warranty, you might end up with a car that isn’t worth the money it was advertised for. The same might apply to backstreet car dealerships that have no online reputation to speak of. Therefore, look for dealers that you should be able to trust. You can do this by asking for recommendations from family and friends, checking for testimonials and customer reviews on their website, and by doing a quick Google search to check for any good or bad news reports. When you think you have found a reputable dealer, you will have greater peace of mind when buying.

#2: Have the car inspected before purchase

If you don’t know the first thing about cars, then you really should pay a mechanic to inspect any car you are interested in before you part with your cash. If there are any hidden (or obvious) faults within the car, the mechanic will let you know, and you will then have the option of continuing your car search elsewhere. You could, of course, ask the seller to make the necessary repairs before you purchase the car, but to be honest, if they haven’t bothered to do so before putting it up for sale, then you might want to think twice before trusting them. Any reputable seller, private or otherwise, should always do the necessary work on the car before putting it up for sale; unless, of course, the following point applies.

#3: Be wary of cars advertised for sale ‘as is’

When you’re browsing the classifieds, you might come across cars for sale ‘as is.’ This means that any flaws or defects you notice before you buy will be your responsibility, as the car is only available for sale in its current condition, i.e. ‘as is.’ Because of this, it is unlikely that you will be offered a warranty, meaning that once you have parted with your cash, you have no legal rights to claim a refund or ask the seller to pay for any repairs if the car breaks down or you notice any problems after driving it away. Now, a car advertised ‘as is’ does not always signify you are buying a junker. If the defects are fairly insignificant, such as a scratch on the surface of the car, then you can always get that covered over later if you wish. If you’re buying the car for a dirt cheap price, you might also be happy to pay for any repairs that need doing. But as we suggested above, hire somebody to inspect the car before purchase, because you might also find yourself out of pocket should you later discover any serious and expensive issues after sale.

#4: Take the car for a decent test drive

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A test drive is more than a quick circle around the parking lot. And it’s more than a twenty-minute jaunt around town. You need to give it a thorough test drive to make sure that everything is working as it should, so request a test drive for a couple of hours or more so you can fully get a handle on the vehicle you might be buying. There are some useful tips here on what you should look out for when you’re taking the car for a spin. Still, if you aren’t particularly car savvy, you might want to bring somebody along on the ride with you. This should be somebody with years of driving experience, so ask anybody you know (or the mechanic you hired for the inspection) to join you on the roads. They will then be able to advise you further on the viability of the car in question.

#5: Check the car’s history

Any reputable seller will have a vehicle history report ready for you to review before the sale. This will let you know how many owners the car has had, as well as details of any accidents and repair jobs, both large and small. If the car has had a lot of owners, you might want to ask why. There might be issues with the car that has resulted in it changing hands a lot of times, so you might want to think twice before buying. You might also want to think twice if the car has been in an accident, or if there is has been a lot of maintenance work done on the vehicle. And you should run in the other direction if the seller does not have the car’s vehicle history report, because he or she is probably trying to hide something. Still, even if the car seems to be good to go, and the seller does have a vehicle history report, you might also want to run a free vehicle check online before buying, as you may well uncover details that the seller has been trying to keep hidden from you.

Finally

Buying a used car can be problematic, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble and money if you follow the tips we have presented here. Hopefully, you will then buy a car built to last, and not something that is only fit for the junkyard or a demolition derby!

Thanks for reading!

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Are You Aware Of The Major Traffic Collision Facts & Figures?

Are You Aware Of The Major Traffic Collision Facts & Figures?

When it comes to driving, you know that you have to be safe to avoid accidents and collisions, but do you know the major facts? By getting to know this information, you can ensure that you are then safer on the road too. Let’s take a look.

The Different Impairments

To begin with, let’s take a look at the different impairments that arise. Predominantly, they come from alcohol and drug use, as well as fatigue. In fact, 16% of serious collisions involve alcohol, as the infographic below. Plus, every three hours, a drug-related traffic incident occurs!

Safety Issues

From here, you then have to take a look at the different safety that come with seatbelts and child seats, in particular. When wearing a seat belt correctly, death in a collision can be reduced by 47% – which is phenomenal! And again, with child seats in this instance, that figure then goes to 71%. So let this serve as a reminder that safety precautions are there for a reason.

How To Stay Safe

So what do you need to learn from this? Well, first of all, you need to ensure that you’re taking the right safety precautions yourself. Now that you know you’ve understood why some of these issues occur, you’ll know what you need to avoid. But not only that, you need to make sure that you’re vigilant and staying safe.

If you’d like to find out more information about this, take a look at the details in the infographic below.


Infographic Design By Car accident facts and figures in Canada

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Handy Ways To Protect Your Car

Handy Ways To Protect Your Car

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It is incredibly important when you get a new car that you think about ways to keep it safe and protect it to the max. Our car is an important possession to have and it is something which will have a huge role in our daily lives. Today we want to take a look at some of the ways that you can keep your car secure, safe, healthy and protected all year long.

Get a warranty

When you first purchase a car there will be a lot of things to consider including the price of insurance, fuel costs and much more. Unfortunately one of the issues many of us have when looking into cars is not thinking of repairs. Different makes and models or cars have different parts; and these parts cost more or less than other brands. For example, one of the most expensive cars to repair are Audis, so even if you manage to buy the car itself, repairs could cripple you further down the line. This is why GWC Warranty Reviews can be a wonderful option for you. A contract with this company will help cover any repair costs you might face and this can make a world of difference to you overall.

Use a black box

One of the best ways for you to secure your car in a different way is to use a black box. A black box will serve to record your driving habits and this can help you a lot because it will reduce your insurance cost as well as notice any weird habits or events which could happen. If your car is stolen for example your black box can be tracked and this will help you get to the bottom of what happened.

Use a dashcam  

A dashcam is an essential tool for any modern driver, and if you want to keep your car and yourself safe on the road, it’s a no brainer. Make sure that you buy a dashcam for the car as soon as you can and record every journey you make. You never know when you might have issues with an accident or you might witness something on the road, and footage can act as essential evidence for you to keep you safe.

Drive safely

If you want to protect your car and make sure that it continues to run efficiently and reliably for years to come, it is important for you to drive safely and soundly. When it comes to driving it is important for us to take our time on the road and always take extra precautions before making tough decisions. Be sure that you drive at a safe speed and in a careful manner and your car should last you for years and years to come.

Wash it

You need to make sure that you keep your car clean at all times and take the extra effort to get rid of dust and rust. When your car builds up a lot of muck and grease it can have an effect on the paintwork of the car and this can be a bad thing for you on the road.


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Modifying Your Car

Modifying Your Car

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The whole motivation for tuning your car is to extract the best possible performance from it by adding, altering or completely replacing the parts fitted as standard by the factory. So what car tuning parts are available to achieve this aim? Read on to find out a little more about this addictive hobby.

The prime area where modifications can be made through the use of specialist aftermarket performance car parts is to the vehicle’s engine and management systems. Buy and fit an appropriate engine tuning box and you can expect to see significant gains in fuel efficiency, as well as overall increases in torque and brake horsepower. This device is relatively inexpensive and can be easily installed into your engine bay, usually plugging into the engine’s existing wiring structure. Alter the engine to increase its power output, though, and you may find that it’s desirable to make some other modifications to help you and your vehicle cope with the additional, improved performance that results. Of course, you need to choose the correct auto electrician for you if this is something you do not have experience in.

One set of car tuning parts you might want to invest in, for instance, is a suspension kit. By improving your car’s suspension, you’ll have the ability to drive your car that little bit faster without compromising on safety. With a lower ride height, and therefore, lower centre of gravity, for example, some car tuning parts can reduce the chances of body roll and increase the stability of the vehicle when cornering or travelling at speed. These are just two examples, and even within this area, there is plenty of choice available depending on your type of car and your goals for improving its performance.

New Or Second Hand?

Performance parts online are widely available to give your car a bit of an added oomph. Everyone loves a bargain, so it can be tempting to shop around at online auction houses for second-hand pieces. But are you really saving money or will this cost you more in the longer term?

If you are interested in improving the performance of your car, then to a large extent, it makes a lot more sense to buy new. Only this way can you be absolutely certain that you are getting good value for money and that the performance car parts you are buying will be both durable and give the improvement in results that you expect. Other factors to consider are the convenience and the availability of the parts you need. Because it’s vital that you buy parts that are actually compatible with your vehicle, then purchasing second hand can be labour intensive and fairly hit and miss too. It may take you ages to source the right used exhaust at the right price for your model of Audi, for example, whereas most new sellers will be able to supply off the shelf solutions for many makes and models. The other thing to be aware of is that some car performance parts should never be reused for simple health and safety reasons. These include brake pads and shoes, clutch discs, and shock absorbers, for example. It is essential that you buy these new every time.

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Surviving Your Family Road Trip This Summer

Surviving Your Family Road Trip This Summer

Summer is fast approaching, and soon, it’ll be time to take a well-deserved holiday with the family. Road trips are a fun and cost-effective way to spend time with your family, allowing you to see sights that other holidaymakers might miss on their adventure. While family road trips can be a blast, it can also be challenging to pack the whole family in a car or camper for weeks at a time. Thankfully, Thule products will make that part of it a lot easier. If you’re planning on taking a family road trip this summer, here are some tips to help you make your holiday a smashing success.

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Pack Plenty of Snacks

We all know that children can be bottomless pits in between lunch and dinner time. On a road trip, it’s not always possible to pull over and grab a bite to eat when the kids are getting hungry, so it’s a good idea to have plenty of snacks on hand. Bring a cooler to pack some healthy fruits, vegetables, and trail mix, but don’t forget to bring a couple of treats along too. Nothing keeps kids happier than munching on a biscuit or a chocolate bar when their stomach is starting to grumble. You should also pack plenty of juice and water so that nobody gets dehydrated, but try not to let your kids drink more than necessary, as this can lead to bathroom emergencies.

Bring Something to Entertain the Kids

Every parent dreads the point in a road trip where you begin to hear that question from the backseat, the one that’s sure to keep popping up relentlessly throughout the day- “are we there yet?”

Bringing entertainment for your kids can help to keep them occupied throughout your trip while helping you to maintain your sanity. Portable DVD players, gaming devices, and other electronics can keep children of all ages entertained for hours. You can pack a backpack with inexpensive toys, games, colouring books and other activities. Your kids will have so much fun digging through their goody bag, they won’t even notice that you’ve been driving all day.

Pack an Emergency Kit

On a road trip, your car needs to be in a safe condition before setting off on your journey. Ensure that the oil and water are checked and that your tyres are fully inflated and road legal.

You should also pack an emergency kit which needs to include more than blankets and extra toiletries. You also need to bring equipment to maintain your vehicle just in case it breaks down. There are a few essentials that every emergency kit should include:

  • A charged emergency mobile phone
  • A full first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher rated for Class B and Class C fires
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • A tire gauge
  • Foam tyre sealant or a spare tyre and jack
  • Jumper cables
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Duct tape
  • Towing tools
  • A utility knife

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Shopping For Land Rover Parts And Accessories

Shopping For Land Rover Parts And Accessories

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There are very few car brands that have achieved a reputation for quality as great as Land Rover has. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular automobile brands in the world. If you are lucky enough to own a Land Rover vehicle then you should make sure you have the gear and the accessories to go with it. Enhance the overall impact of your car. Increase the functionality and provide the little finishing touches which really make people impressed. A lot of people don’t realise that there is a wealth of different Land Rover merchandise available online nowadays. This includes everything from dried coffee to emergency seat covers. That’s right; the product base is extremely diverse. This is great because it means that there is something for all to enjoy. Let’s find out a little bit more about shopping online for genuine Land Rover gear and accessories.

As mentioned, there are so many different places selling these products nowadays. Therefore, the first thing you must do is find a genuine and credible company. There are those who will use the Land Rover name yet their products are not authentic. You want to purchase from a company who sells genuine Land Rover goods or you should look for a company that specialises in 4WD accessories. By doing this you can rest assured that the quality of the product will match up to the huge amount of quality associated with Land Rover vehicles and the brand as a whole. Thus, look out for the words ‘genuine’ on site and read reviews that have been left by previous customers. They will soon tell you whether the company is genuine or not.

Next, take a look at the wealth of different products available. There is something for everybody when it comes to Land Rover gear and accessories. You should certainly be able to find whatever it is you are looking for. The clothing range is particularly popular. This includes items for both men and women; from hoodies, to t-shirts, to shell jackets. There is a vast selection to choose from. One thing a lot of people are shocked by is how fashionable this clothing range is. Land Rover certainly does not just rely on its name. In addition to this, the outdoor gear range is particularly popular. From torches to compasses; there is everything you need to enjoy a thrilling weekend of camping and adventurous fun. After all, Land Rovers are certainly the perfect type of vehicle for these occasions. In addition to this, you have a great selection of standard accessories, including the likes of mugs and key rings. You have also got various luggage products to choose from, a gift selection and there is even a range of Land Rover bikes. No product is off limits, that’s for sure.

So there you have it; if you are looking to buy a gift for a Land Rover fan or you are looking to spruce up your own vehicle or association with the brand, then the selection of Land Rover gear available on the internet should definitely do the trick. Just make sure you buy from a genuine retailer!

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Get Your Car Summer Ready

Get Your Car Summer Ready

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Summer has got to be the best season for getting out and about and enjoying a healthy lifestyle but is your car ready for it? Some people don’t think about getting their car ready for the summer and don’t know where to start but if you’re planning on doing day trips and wanting to take equipment then there are some essentials that you should be considering. Have a look below at some of the things you could be looking at to get your car ready for this summer.

Service

It’s always useful and recommended to have your car serviced at least once a year to ensure it’s running smoothly and correctly. By doing this you are able to identify any problems that may have been bigger problems if not noticed. While having services things such as tires, engines, water, and oil will be checked to make sure it’s safe for long journeys. It’s a good idea to check your pollen filter in your car too as if you have any allergies such as hay fever not having this replaced could mean your allergies are worse than normal and your car should be a place you are able to keep relatively pollen-free.

Equipment

If you’re planning on taking any equipment on your days out then it is definitely worthwhile considering if your car needs any adaptations to be able to do this. You may want to take bikes with you, if you do sometimes you are able to install a universal bike rack however in some cases having a Tow Bar is essential for carrying bikes on your car. Having a towbar can also be useful for pulling things such as caravans, trailers and horse carts. Another way to carry equipment on your car is to have roof racks where you are able to carry equipment like bikes, roof boxes and kayaks making it very versatile. Roof boxes can be extremely useful for day trips as well as holidays away as you can store all the equipment you need out of the boot of the car.

Summer Essentials

We all know that in the winter it’s a good idea to have items such as blankets, a torch, and a few emergency food items in case you ever break down or are stuck in hours of traffic however did you know you can also have one of these for a summer emergency. Now you’re not going to need things such as blankets but having useful items such as bug spray, cooling mists, sun creams (because yes you can burn sitting in a traffic jam), water and emergency foods can be your best friend if you were to find yourself stuck for a while. Bear in mind that some of these items need to be kept out of the sun though and can become unsafe if not in the shade and get too warm.

Do you have any other ways you can get your car ready for summer? Please share them in the comments section below.

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Cut The Cost Of Motoring By Making Smarter Choices

Cut The Cost Of Motoring By Making Smarter Choices

The average cost of motoring has reached record highs, thanks to increases in the price of fuel, insurance, and vehicles themselves. Getting from A to B has never been more expensive.

But it turns out that there are a lot of things you can do to cut the costs of motoring. It’s not always easy, but if you implement the following tips, your bank balance will thank you.

Check out the following.

Service Your Car According To The Manufacturer’s Schedule

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While putting off servicing costs will save you money in the short-run, it’ll almost certainly cost you in the long-run. Cars need a regular maintenance schedule to prevent parts from wearing out and engine damage. If you don’t abide by a strict schedule, you risk causing damage to the engine and other components, leading to higher overall costs.

Carmakers provide a maintenance schedule in the handbook that comes with the car. Sticking with it will help you cut down on the total money you have to invest in keeping your vehicle on the road. Currently, most motorists spend more on maintaining and servicing their cars than they do insurance: this needs to stop.

Repair Chips In Your Windshield

Chips in your windshield can quickly develop into cracks, necessitating windshield replacement. It’s a good idea, therefore, to deal with chips immediately. Usually, your insurer will pay for you to have chips repaired, without affecting your no-claims and with no excess to pay – always a good thing.

Stop Paying For Parking

Paying £2.50 a day for parking might not seem like much. But if you park for work and go to work in the car 200 days per year, that’s £500 you’re forking out for practically nothing.

If you work in an urban area, look for alternative places to park your vehicle. Perhaps a friend who lives near where you need to be has a free driveway you can use. Or maybe there’s a street around the corner with no parking restrictions, ten-minutes walk from where you work.

Don’t Pay For Insurance Products You Don’t Need

Insurance companies have an annoying habit of bolting on insurance products that you don’t need. Companies will try to sell you all sorts of things, like courtesy cars, litigation cover, and payout protection cover. Yes, you might benefit from some of these, but for most people, they’re not worth the money. Slash your premiums by cutting your added extras.

Buy A Speed Monitor

With local authorities strapped for cash, many are turning to motorists to pick up a quick buck. Police resources are being diverted from other areas to catch drivers who may be speeding. This setup is bad for everyone: it’s bad for the motorists who get caught speeding, and it’s bad for the people who aren’t being protected from crime. Speed monitors help to make sure that you stay within the speed limit, no matter where you are. Many of these devices connect to GPS and a database of known speed limits. Together, they provide warnings when you drive too quickly and alert you when you make mistakes.

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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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