Need a new car? What to look out for

2015 Mazda2 / Demio

Shopping for a new car can be stressful. There are many different things you need to consider before you choose the right make and model to fit your needs. Even when you have a good idea of what car you want, there are still many factors you need to think about before buying from an independent seller or dealer. Choosing a good dealer is a good first step, but you also need to know what you should be looking out for.

Understanding the different features on offer

One thing you have to decide upon is the features you want from the car. As stated on Investopia, manufacturers offer every type of feature you can think of. Some are designed to enhance the safety of the car, while others are created purely to make it look good. Think about what you need from the car and what features are most important to you.

Signs of exterior damage

If you’re buying a used car, you need to be particularly careful before you part with any money. Ideally you should take along a mechanic to check the car over for you. The exterior should be looked over for cracked or bubbling paintwork, tyre tread depth and signs of Vehicle Identification Number tampering. Auto Trader has an excellent extensive guide on everything you should check over.

Getting the best finance deals

Finance tends to be the most popular way to buy a car these days. A new Mazda at T W White & Sons is more affordable than you might think, for example. However, it is important to compare different deals before you buy the car. The finance you are offered at a car dealership is likely going to be a lot higher than it would from a bank or building society. You’ll typically be paying the finance off for a few years so you want to ensure you pay as little as possible each month.

Checking the paperwork

Many people don’t bother to check the paperwork before they buy. However, doing so can save a lot of potential problems. Firstly you need to be sure the seller is actually the car’s owner. They should have the logbook with them highlighting their address. Check that it is the same as the address you are picking the car up from. The paperwork also shows you when the car last had its MOT and it will include a service history. You’ll be able to see exactly what work has been done to the car and whether there have been any recent problems.

Sellers aren’t always honest about the condition of the car they are selling. Therefore it is important to do your research and carry out relevant checks. Make sure that all paperwork is genuine and not copied. Pay attention to the mileage of the car too. Overall you should never rush into buying a new car. There is a lot of research to be done in order to ensure you end up with the best vehicle to suit your needs and your budget. Take your time to compare different sellers and always take a mechanic with you if possible.


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