Buying a new car is a big commitment and a huge financial purchase. It doesn’t matter whether you are buying a brand new vehicle or one-second hand; you will find yourself parting ways with a lot of money. That said, it’s important you don’t rush into buying a car because there’s a lot more to think about than just how much you are spending.
Where Are You Buying From?
Whether you are buying second hand or brand new, we recommend purchasing your car from a reputable dealer. The reasons for this are clear. Firstly, you may think that you have found a great deal on a car online. However, if you purchase a car online you don’t have much legal protection, if any. Particularly, if you buy a car off a private seller from a site like Ebay. Ebay should protect you however if the seller advertises themselves as a lay person who knows nothing about cars, they can sell you a dud. Ebay will support the seller and claim they had every right to sell the car to you even if it wasn’t working. They will claim they didn’t know there were issues with it when they sold it. That’s the issue with buying online.
But, you’ve also got to watch out for private sellers, advertising their cars on the side of the roads. This is a clear sign they are looking for a fast sale. It might mean that you can get the car for a cheap price but it could also mean that there is serious problems with the vehicle.
You should not have either of these issues with a reputable dealer.
Drive Before You Buy
You may consider yourself a car expert and know if a car is working just by looking at it. But you can’t be sure a car is a good drive until you’ve got behind the wheel yourself. You should always make sure to test a car before you buy. That way, you know exactly what you are purchasing. There are issues with a car that only become apparent on the road usually at fast speeds.
Haggle On The Price
Whether you are buying from a private seller or a dealer, you can haggle on the price. It’s important to do this because car sellers expect it. It’s for this reason that they usually advertise a car at a price a lot more than they are willing to sell it at. A little bit of haggling and you’ll get the price down to the floor with a few extras thrown in.
Get The Car Checked
Once you buy the car, it’s crucial that you get your car checked out by a local MOT tester. They’ll make sure that your new vehicle is road safe and ready to drive. They’ll also make sure that it’s not breaking environmental standards. You need to do this, even if the car sellers gives you an up to date MOT. It is certainly better to be safe than sorry in this situation.
After that, it’s just a case of getting the car taxed and insured before it’s officially your vehicle and ready to drive. We hope you love taking it for a spin on the roads.
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