How to Buy a Car?
Buying a car is one of the most important financial decisions you make, and for most is second-only to buying a home. It’s important you take your time to identify your requirements and research what is available before jumping in headfirst. Here are some tips on buying a car which will help ensure that not only do you get the right car but that you also get great value for money.
Assess your car requirements
The first place to start when looking for a new car is to decide what car will meet your lifestyle. If you spend most of your time driving unaccompanied in urban environments, a small and easy to manoeuvre car may be the best option. Whereas if you have several children, you are likely to need a larger car, or if you spend a lot of your time on the motorway a car that offers good fuel economy.
Do your research
Cars are becoming increasingly high-tech, and many newer models now come equipped with a host of technology. If you’ve been out of the market for a while navigating all these new features can seem daunting, so it is a good idea to take your time and do some research. This way you’ll be able to identify the features you need which will help to narrow down your search.
Explore different ways to pay
Buying a car, used to mean saving up a lump sum and if necessary getting a loan to make up the difference. However, now there are many more options available to you.
For people looking to own a vehicle Hire Purchase (HP) is the most similar to a traditional loan as you pay off the full value of the vehicle over monthly payments. However, for those who may want to change their car more frequently and are looking for lower monthly payments, Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) may be a better option. With PCP you only pay monthly payments towards a portion of the car’s value, but you have the option to make a lump sum payment on the remaining value at the end of the agreement, if you wish to keep the car.
What’s the deal with new, nearly new and used cars
When you’re are looking to buy a car you’ll face the choice of a brand new car, a nearly-new car or a used car. You may think that a used car is the best value for money, but this isn’t always the case. Manufacturers want us to buy their newest models, so often you will find the best rates and offers are available on their brand new vehicles.
You should also bear in mind that a new car is likely to cost less to run. Newer cars have more efficient engines, so usually cost less when it comes to fuel and are cheaper to tax, plus as they are newer they are less likely to go wrong, so you should have lower maintenance and repair bills.
If you’re looking for extra guidance, then take a look at this comprehensive guide on how to buy a car.