When it’s time to buy a new car, either you know exactly what you want and need an upgrade on what you already want, or you’re not sure. With so many choices, makes and models to choose from, it can be hard to know which car is best for you and your needs. Rather than being overwhelmed by the situation, start by asking yourself a few simple questions to determine which car is right for you.
What Do You Need?
This is fairly simple, but still it’s worth getting it down on paper. Consider what you expect from a car, does a car say something about you? Does it give you status? Do you want it for long drives at the weekends or just a runaround for the school drop offs? How many passengers do you usually have? Do you have a long commute? Is fuel economy important to you? Do you need a four wheel drive? What are your car must-haves? Do you need parking assist, Apple play or a built in sat nav?
Are You Going For New Or used?
The answer to this will largely depend on your budget, but it could be worthwhile having a look at both. If you want ne, you could find a nearly-new car for a very good deal at somewhere like Suttons, so it’s always worth finding out. There is positive and negatives to both options, if you opt for new, it means that you will benefit from the peace of mind of a manufacturer’s warranty. You’ll also get to specify your car exactly what you want, but remember that you’re almost always likely to lose more money in the long run than if you bought used, due to depreciation. As previously mentioned, a used car will almost always be cheaper than its new equivalent and its first owner is likely to have taken the initial hit of depreciation so you don’t have to.
Petrol Or Diesel
Do you know what fuel you want your new car to run on? While some cars are only available as diesels, most manufacturers offer petrol and diesel engines, while hybrid and electric models are becoming increasingly common and can be an excellent choice, particularly if you do a lot of town driving.
Do You Know The Running Costs?
This has to be included in your budget but it’s easy to forget and then blow all you money on a new car and find that you don’t have enough money each month to run it. Make sure you have found out how much the insurance will cost, the fuel, the road tax.
Make A Shortlist Of Cars
Once you have answered these questions, you will then have a better idea of what you are looking for. Make the most of the advanced filters on websites and narrow down your search as much as you can. Once you have an idea then put your shortlist together and go along to a dealership and test drive a few.