Car shopping can be both exciting and an absolute nightmare. So whether you’re upgrading to a new car or just in the market for a used car, we have a guide to help you secure the best deal.
We all know that doing your research is one of the most important things you can do when buying a car. Go to sites such as Carzone or Autotrader and research appropriate price ranges for the car or cars that you are interested in. It is important to look at competitor models to understand weak points or what equipment is standard versus optional. This is particularly important if you are buying a used car.
Don’t wait until the last minute. The earlier you begin your search, the more likely you are to find the better deals.
If you are on a fixed budget, never reveal how much you are willing to spend. This keeps your options open and you will be able to see vehicles at the lower end of your price range first.
There is no point spending all day looking at cars that you’re not interested in. Don’t be afraid to be firm and tell the dealer that you’re not interested in the cars he/she is showing you.
It is important to ask if there is any rebate or warranty with a car before you purchase. This way you know exactly what you are paying for and what to expect if the car malfunctions.
Do you know someone that knows a lot about cars? if not, you may need an impartial mechanic to take a look before you buy. A car may look and drive like it’s brand new, but you do not know about its actual mechanical condition until you have an auto mechanic take a look at it. This will help you to detect any problems that may be pricey in the future. Use sites like Cartell which is an online Irish vehicle checking company that allows prospective vehicle purchasers to verify the history of a car before purchasing.
It’s always a good idea to go home and do a little more research before you say yes to the car. This will help you to avoid making any rash decisions that you may later regret.
Try to negotiate a price for your new car before you mention the possibility of trading in your old vehicle, this may help you to get a great deal on both.
While we can’t go out and buy that car for you, we can help you with your Car Insurance when you finally make your decision. If you would like a quote or simply wish to discuss your Car Insurance requirements, please feel free to contact any member of our motor insurance team. Alternatively you can request a callback today.