So the dreaded time has come around once more, the time to buy a new car. Over the years, more fancy technology has come about. Let’s face it, now we have cars that drive themselves. You could get one of those if you want to show it off to your family and friends, however, we don’t recommend it. Take a look below for some considerations to think about before you rush out and buy a new car.
New Or Old
When it comes to shopping around for a new car, you need to decide if you are buying a brand new one or if you want an older one. They both have their own list of pros and cons, for instance, new cars come with new tech and will generally last longer. Older cars can be cheaper to buy but can come with a lot of mileage from previous owners. Just because older cars are cheaper doesn’t mean they will cost you any less when you factor in any repairs they have over time.
If you have a good credit rating then you have the option of getting your new car on finance. This means you put down a deposit of however much you can afford, and then you make monthly payments until the car is yours. One of the benefits of using finance is that you get to choose how much you put down and how long you make the repayments. There is even a clause in a lot of contracts that says you can sell the car back to them after three years. However, this will mean you are potentially without a car.
Type Of Car
What car do you want? If you have a family then you will need to look at the bigger cars such as estates or SUVs. These cars contain more space inside the car and the boot space is bigger. Always handy to have a big boot if you need to store a buggy or lots of shopping. Make sure you take a look around the car showroom and get a clear look at any of the cars you are interested in. The last thing you want to be doing is buying a car that won’t be fit for your purpose.
Finally, before you sign on the dotted line for your new car, you should be aware of any other costs involved in owning that type of car. You should look into and research how much services will cost and how much tires will set you back. It may feel like you are constantly changing tires, these are expensive. You will also need to find a garage that offers a tyres service near you.
Auto v. Manual
One final decision to make is whether you want an automatic or a manual car. There is a big difference here and it may seem obvious. One comes with a clutch and the other doesn’t. There was once a lot of negativity surrounding automatic cars, stating that the gearboxes weren’t as strong. While this still may be slightly true, a lot of automatic cars stand the test of time if they are well looked after.
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