Top Tips for Getting the Best Deal on Your Next Vehicle

 

You’ve seen it before – a deal that sounds great until you get into the hidden fees and costs. You might think that you have done the right thing by limiting your new car search to used, but there are so many additional costs you need to consider before you buy. Knowing what the true cost of a vehicle is, and the additional costs that will come after will help you better understand how great of a deal you are getting, or whether you should move on and find something else. 

Buy Used, But Don’t Buy Too Used 

Used vehicles are a great deal, but get passed the five year mark, and you are starting to make a sacrifice on safety features. A good rule of thumb is to look for a vehicle that is three years or less, as these are the vehicles that will have the best security features and amenities, and also be more likely to be in line with emissions regulations. 

Don’t Just Look at Upfront Cost

The cost of the vehicle is not the only cost that you need to consider. Vehicles continue to cost money throughout their entire life, so account for this lifetime price when shopping. 

  • Cost of Running the Vehicle 
  • Tax Costs 
  • MOTs 
  • Servicing 

Running costs and tax are going to be the most important factors here when budgeting. For example, a hybrid vehicle might be far more pricey than the other options, but you might find that the lifetime savings offered by a hybrid to be far more attractive. 

Ensure The Vehicle Has Everything You Need  

The best deal in the world is useless if the vehicle in question does not have what you need. A nice sporty car can be fun, but if you need a family car, you will feel the pinch later on. On the other hand, being fully aware of what you need can help you say no to vehicles that have a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles, and instead keep to your budget. Having a checklist, and even using this checklist when searching for used options, is one of the smartest things you can do. 

Know What the Market Rate is When Searching 

One of the easiest ways to know if you are getting a good deal on a used vehicle is to know the market rate. With used vehicles you need a site, like autouncle.co.uk, that compiles multiple listings and uses their prices to create an autoscore that helps you determine whether the listing in question is a good deal, or not. Easy tools like this are great for finding the best deals and comparing options all at once. 

Conclusion 

You can find a great used car that is only a few years old and save big, but to ensure you are truly getting the best deal for a used vehicle you need to know what the market rate is, what you can expect to pay in taxes, and other additional costs that will vary depending on the age of the vehicle. Being aware and knowledgeable of these hidden costs will ensure you truly do get the best deal on your next vehicle.


RELATED POSTS

2015 Audi A4 spied for the first time
2015 Subaru Legacy teased ahead of next week's debut
David Brown Speedback revealed, looks like a modern day Aston Martin DB5 [videos]
Track battle: Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. Renault Clio Cup race car
Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato brings back the 80s
McLaren 650S Coupe Le Mans revealed, limited to 50 units
German car brand Borgward revived after five decades
Is big brother watching? Why motorway 'Stealth' cameras NEED to be more visible
One-off Ferrari 458 MM Speciale built for an enthusiastic Brit
BAC creates a graphene-bodied Mono
Ferrari J50 based on 488 revealed debuts in Tokyo
What To Look For When Choosing The Perfect Car Mat