Whether you are deciding on the first car you want to get
or, you feel it’s time to switch up your ride to a more fitting vehicle, there are always certain factors to consider before writing that check. In this article, we will list the top tips you have to consider for yourself before you take that leap and get a new car, because at the end of the day you don’t want to end up buying a car you cannot enjoy to its full potential. The top tips to consider are:
WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
This is a very important factor to consider before buying any long term equipment or vehicle. Your budget should not allow for you to spend most of your money on the car, because people often forget the cost of maintenance when buying their cars. Maintenance costs when added up over the years have the possibility of accumulating to an amount equal to or more than the purchase price of the car. So, you have to be proactive and invest only a portion of your savings into buying the car, and have enough to buy an insurance plan for your car.
ASSESS YOUR NEEDS
Do you have any children? If yes, how many are they? Do you plan on starting a family soon? How much space will you need in your car? These factors are very important. You do not want to get a two-seater convertible when you have a family or plan on starting one soon, so also getting a family car when you don’t have a plan to start a family anytime soon. Assessing your needs and conditions in your life at the stage in which you decide to get a new car plays a role in how much you will enjoy your investment.
LONG DISTANCE OR SHORT DISTANCE?
How often do you drive long distance journeys? This question will determine whether you are to get a diesel or petrol based vehicle, although some brands have begun making hybrid engines to accept both. For vehicle owners that seldom drive long distances, it is advised that they get a petrol based car while diesel engine cars should be gotten by those that drive long distances daily. This is so because cars that operate on diesel have to burn the soot that piles up in the diesel particulate filter, otherwise you could end up with a blocked filter and a very fat repair bill. So if you drive fewer than 12,000 miles in a year, you should not be driving a diesel engine vehicle.
WOULD YOU PREFER A NEW OR USED CAR?
There are perks that come with both options. If you decide to get a new car, you will get a car made to your specifications, and a minimum of three years manufacturer’s warranty. On the flip side, if you decide to get a used car, you will get a car at a cheaper rate (based on the depreciation value of the car at that time) and if the age of the used car does not exceed three years, you can get the remnant of the manufacturer’s warranty. Some car dealerships offer “approved” second-hand cars for sale, which saves you from buying a defective car. However, this decision lies solely on the budget you have in mind.
PREPARE YOUR SHORTLIST
This is the time for you to begin reviewing your options and eliminate cars that do not meet with your preference from the factors above. Make a shortlist of a maximum of three cars you have settled upon. You can then begin evaluating each car’s performance and comparing it to the others on your list. Test drives are vital at this stage, and while test driving you should drive on different road types, and bring all the gear you plan on putting in your car to see if it will fit. Some car dealerships allow you to keep the car over the weekend, so if your car dealership has this on offer you should take full advantage of it.
AGREE ON A PRICE
When you have decided on a car to get, you should be prepared to get the cheapest price you can get it reduced to. Some dealerships inflate their car prices for profit, so you should haggle and stick it out till the end.
So that’s it guys, the top tips to follow to ensure you get the most out of your automobile investment.