Buying a new car can seem a daunting process at first, especially if it's something you've never done before.
However, you don’t have to be an expert on cars or negotiating to get a good deal. You just need the right preparation.
With right tips in mind, the process of purchasing a new car should prove fairly straightforward and the right preparation provides plenty of confidence.
Here we offer our top tips on how to make buying a new car as simple and effective as possible.
Establish your budget
From the start of your search for a new car, make sure you know how much you can and are willing to spend.
Make sure that the budget you have set out takes into account other expenses beyond the price of the car. The budget should include the likely cost of insurance and Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
When you’re sure of what budget you have, don’t feel pressurised to go beyond it when trying to arrange a purchase. You can always walk away from a deal if you’re not satisfied with how much money is required to be spent.
Research a car you are considering thoroughly
When viewing a new car you may buy, take a look through the specification details to see that it fits your requirements.
Take the time to ensure that the model you’re looking at suits your needs in terms of size, interior room, practicality, running costs, safety and performance. You can go into further detail and check a car has the ideal transmission or even colour before you even walk into a dealership.
Also check what insurance group a potential purchase falls in, as well as its average fuel economy, emissions output and VED tax band.
It useful to compare the details of one particular car you’re considering with another that’s in the same segment but may prove to be a better, more attractive offer ultimately.
Pick the best engine for annual mileage
Assuming you’re buying a car with a conventional combustion engine, then the choice comes down to whether you’re going to have a petrol or diesel-powered car.
Car specification with diesel engines are usually more expensive then petrol-powered equivalents, but offer better efficiency and lower costs particularly during mid to long-range travel.
If, however, you only plan to do short distance trips in your new car the majority of the time, then it makes more sense to go for a petrol engine rather than diesel. You’re a lot less likely to make up for the extra money spent on a diesel engine if you don’t cover a lot of distance over a few years.
Look at what extras you can get
While negotiating the purchase of a new car, check the specification details and your paperwork related to the deal to determine what extras are included with the car. Here you can ensure you get what you want with your new car and spot any potential ‘hidden extras’. You don’t want to end up paying more than planned because the car has extra kit you don’t need.
Check that any extras you want are included in the price which you are quoted. It’s also handy to check that both delivery charges and number plate registration are both covered in the price you’ve been given.