How to buy a car
Searching for a new car can be
a stressful process. If you’re single, your decision is generally
easier than for someone looking for a family car. After all, you only
have yourself to think about.
However, if you have a partner and kids to consider, your car
requirements will probably be quite different. Your wife might want
safety and reliability, while you may be more interested in how the car
looks and performs.
Should you buy a people
carrier so you can take your children’s friends places too, or does it
offend your driving ego too much to drive a quasi-minibus? It might be
better for your psyche to choose a car that still allows you a good
driving experience, but has enough space for two or three children in
the back, too. There’s plenty of room for all the luggage in the boot,
and the children all get a great view of the road as the seats are
higher up than in other cars.
If you want to compare a
couple of different makes and models, look up fuel types, mileage
figures and see what insurance groups your favourites fall into. You
can do all of this ‘desk research’ online or with a specialist motoring
Your next decision is whether
you’re going to buy new or second hand.
If you decide to buy new,
spend a couple of Saturdays doing tours of the local dealerships in
your area. It’s worth taking the time to do some decent research and
see what offers are available.
If you do choose to buy from a
private seller, try to buy from someone you know and trust. If you
don’t know the person you’re buying from, make sure you get the car
checked over by a motor engineer. You’ll have to pay for this, but at
least then you’ll be able to make an informed offer.
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