New Car Buying Tips

When it comes to buying a new car there are a number of points you should consider to ensure you get a good price, the right after-sales service and the new car you really want. So here are our top tips for buying new cars:

  1. First of all you need to decide what kind of new car you want; that is the make and model, and what extras you want it to have, such as three-door or five-door, power steering, electric windows and mirrors, air-conditioning or climate control, and safety features.
  2. Once you know what kind of new car you desire, you need to be realistic about which car you can afford, and you need to decide whether you can afford to pay cash, need a finance deal or will organise an independent personal loan to pay for your new car. If you are going to buy the new car on finance through a franchise car dealer, please be aware that you will be asked to pay a deposit, either by cash, cheque or credit card, when you order your new car.
  3. To make sure you get the best deal on your new car, shop around so you can compare prices and deals offered at different new car dealers. You should also ask what money-saving offers the car dealer has on the new car you want, because some car dealers offer a year's free insurance, cash back, deposit paid and other new car deals. Also check whether the car dealer will accept your old car in a part-exchange.
  4. Take the new car of your choice on a test drive before agreeing to buy it. Some new car dealers now give you the chance to test drive a new car model over a few days and not just a few minutes, so you can get a real feel for the car.
  5. Once you have taken the car for a test drive and organised your payment option, you need to organise car insurance before you can drive your new car away. There are many different car insurance companies in the UK today, so shop around for the best deal, but make sure you have the insurance certificate before you are due to pick up the car, otherwise the car dealer will not let you drive your new car away!

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