Whether you’re upgrading or it’s your first time ever, buying a new car is an exciting process. Having said that, if you don’t really know how to approach a big purchase like this, it can be pretty daunting too. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you through the experience of buying a new car, from where to start to what to do once you’ve found your dream car.
Where To Start?
Knowing where to start can be the most difficult part of the process. If you don’t have anything particular in mind, think about your family and friends and what kind of cars they have. Do any of them appeal to you? Another good starting point is thinking about what you like the look of when you see a car on the road. Check out the manufacturer and model and go from there.
Of course, it’s easy to like the look of the latest BMW you’ve spotted, but where do you go when the car that caught your eye is a bit beyond your budget? Do some research on what other vehicles that company makes and figure out their different classes and models as well. It’s likely that they’ll have something in their range more suited to you.
Check Out The Competition
You’ve decided what you want, but as it turns out, there’s a direct competitor to your car of choice, and it’s $3,000 cheaper! Motoring.com.au is a great resource to have on hand when you need to figure out which one is better for you. Their team of vehicle experts conducts extensive comparisons between similar cars to determine exactly what the differences and similarities are, which makes it way easier for you to figure out which one to spend your money on.
Once you’ve slimmed your options down to a few, it’ time to read a few in-depth reviews to get an expert opinion on each vehicle. It’s important to read a number of reviews to see what the general consensus around a car is. Again, Motoring.com.au is a great place to do this. Checking out thorough reviews by people who know what they’re talking about is a great way to really get to know a car before you’ve even gone to the dealership for a test drive. Furthermore, it’ll arm you with heaps of information that will help when you start talking to sales people. Knowledge is power, which is no exception when it comes to buying a new car!
Go For A Test Drive
Your dream car may be perfect on paper, but when you actually get behind the wheel it can be a totally different story. Avoid disappointment after you’ve already made the purchase by taking it for a test drive beforehand. It’s a good idea to give it a go in a few different road conditions. This helps you figure out how you can expect your car to handle in both your regular driving conditions as well as at other times too. It’s also important to ensure the car you’re testing has the same specifications as the one you plan on purchasing so that there are no surprises later on.
Sort Out Your Finances & Shop Around
Once you’ve done all your research and decided on a car, go to a few different dealerships to see who can offer you the best price. Chances are they won’t all be wildly varied, but if you can shave off a bit from the final price or have a few extras thrown in, it always helps. Furthermore, customer service can affect your decision too. A car is no small purchase, so if one salesperson isn’t treating you well, go somewhere else.
Having your finances sorted out beforehand is also a good way of ensuring you stick to your budget, and it can help when it comes to negotiating with the salesperson. They’ll know that you’re prepared to purchase if the price is right and they could be more willing to give you a better deal. Before you sign anything, make sure you’ve checked and double-checked all the forms and papers you see, too.
This article was written in collaboration with Motoring.com.au.