When heading out to buy a new vehicle, we are all often guilty of heading out on a whim. Car buying on an impulse can be a dangerous and costly experience. Purchasing a new car should be a well-planned procedure, and some considerations need to be made.

Here are a few tips on what to look out for when you are buying your new car.

Do Your Research

The first thing you should do before heading out to buy a car is to do your research. For most of us, we buy a car because we like the look of it, this is always our first mistake.

The look of a car is important, but if the engineering of that car is nothing shy of awful, it may not be the best purchase we can make. 

Buying a car is a costly purchase; buying a poorly engineered car can increase that cost exponentially. The easiest way to avoid this is by doing a sizeable amount of research. The internet is thankfully littered with petrol heads who are more than willing to advise what is good and bad.

Look For Value For Money

The number one move you can make when buying a car is getting value for your money. Most people see clever adverts for cars ‘from’ a cost, the trouble is, these costs aren’t real. Most car companies now will charge over the odds for things that should come as standard.

Luckily enough, there are cars out there like the New Vauxhall Grandland X SUV that comes pretty loaded straight out of the factory. 

Get Your Negotiating Hat On

Depending on where you are purchasing your car from, do not be afraid to negotiate. A majority of the time, a car dealer will never expect what the sticker price is, but this won’t stop them trying to get it.

The first thing to remember is that these people are paid generally on commission, so the more they can sell you, the more they earn. What is important to note is this, buying a car at the end of the month is always best.

The least successful salesman will always be desperate for a sale at the end of the month; after all, they have sales targets to meet. Buying a car at months end will always give you more negotiating power.  

Take More Than One Test Drive

When you come to test drive a car, don’t ever take the car out only once. Most car dealers are experienced at hiding small issues with cars for the time it takes to test drive a car. 

Asking to test drive a car more than once shouldn’t be an issue to a legitimate car dealer. If they don’t want you to take it out for a second or third time, there are almost definitely hiding something.  

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