The Process Of Getting A New Car

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 8 months ago
    So it's time to look for a new car. While this can be an overwhelming experience, it should also be a very exciting one, because car shopping is fun! Fantasizing about the new stunner you're going to be riding around in is part of the experience, so get thinking about your wants, but most importantly your needs. It's important to take into consideration the lifestyle you live, the career you have, the environment you're in, and whether or not you have a family, as all this will determine the style of car you have.

    Here's a quick overview of the overall car buying process.

    Find the finances

    When you have an idea of the kind of car you want, you will need to think about how you plan on paying for it. Did you want to buy a brand new car? Or are you happy with it being used, or even on a lease if it's only needed for a certain period of time? Think about how much of an income you have coming in, as well as any savings if you have some. Most of the time though, unless you have a large pot of money to tap into, you will need to take out a loan. Having said that, this will all vary on the kind of credit score you have, so speak to your bank and see what you're entitled to.

    Don't rush into things

    Now that you know the ballpark of the price that you're going to be paying, you can think more about where or who you would like to buy from. Do not get overly excited and buy the first thing you see on impulse, because nine times out of ten this never ends well. You need to have patience and be sure about the choice that you are making. You also need to keep an eye out on any dodgy dealers, because there are a lot of them out there that will play on your uncertainties to get what they want.

    Consider other costs  
        
    There are often a lot of other expenses that you will need to take into consideration. This is why you need to think about everything and plan it out so nothing can jump out at you at the last minute. Car insurance quotes, fuel, license plate fees, transportation expenses, and oil changes are just a few examples.

    Take extra precautions

    Before you shake hands to finalise a deal, you need to make sure that you have checked everything that needs to be checked to ensure that the car performs the way it is supposed to. This is especially important if you are buying a car that is in used condition. Take it for a test drive, listen to how the motor runs, test out the brakes including emergency stops, turn around tight bends, transition through the gears, and sit on all seats - including the ones in the back, while looking in all the compartments like the glovebox and the boot.

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