Whether your current set of wheels has stopped working, or you simply feel like it is time for a change, there is no doubt that shopping for a new car is a big deal. Buying a pre-owned vehicle can bring many potential pitfalls, such as paying too much and getting ripped off or finding that the vehicle has mechanical issues you knew nothing about. Inadvertently buying a vehicle that is not all it seems is a painful experience for your ego and finances. So, ensuring you avoid making expensive mistakes when shopping for a car is vital. The good news is that with the help of some research and preparation, you will be well on your way to finding the perfect car. Here is what you need to know:

Know Your Figures

The first and arguably one of the most crucial things you need to do is know your figures. Working out how much you are happy to spend on a new vehicle and keeping this figure in mind should help you avoid feeling pressured into paying more than you are comfortable with when you start shopping.

As well as thinking about how much you can spend on the vehicle itself, you will also need to consider costs such as fuel, maintenance, and insurance, and how these figures compare to the amount you currently pay.

Searching for information on car values on a website such as edmunds will also help to inform your purchase decision. Checking out car values will help you understand what a fair price is for a particular make, model, and year of car to avoid spending more than you need. Being armed with this information will help you feel so much more confident when negotiating the price.

Decide What You Want Before Shopping

Walking into a car dealership without a clear idea of what you want from your new vehicle or what make or model makes it so much harder for you to make the right choice. Knowing what you are looking for from a car before you even start shopping is the best way to avoid coming home with a new vehicle that does not suit your needs. The clearer you are about the type of vehicle you want, the easier it will be for you to find it and make the right choice. You may find it helpful to make a list of non-negotiables such as vehicle age, engine size, and condition before you start looking around so that you don’t get pressured into buying the wrong car by a pushy salesperson.

Focus on Features

When writing your list of non-negotiables, adding in the features that you cannot live without is an excellent way to find your perfect new car. The right in-car tech and gadgets can be a big help; so finding a vehicle with all the latest tech to enhance your driving experience is well worth looking for and will help you make the perfect choice when shopping for your next car.


Ann-Marie x



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