Buying a new car: It’s a day many of us dream of; stepping into that new machine and breathing in that brand-new scent. Every detail on a new car is immaculate and fantastic, and we all want to get that great sensation we feel when we push the start button for the first time and hear the engine roar into life.
Our usual business is car storage, but we’re delighted today to put our considerable automotive expertise to work on our guide to buying a new car. Using our advice below, you can enhance your car buying experience for the better. You’ll also be able to avoid any potential pitfalls that come up. Now, where to start?
1. Cast a Wide Net
You may have a model in mind, but it’s preferable to look widely at different brands and models, even if it’s all in just one category. There’s so much choice out there these days, it’s impossible to be sure that the ideal car isn’t among a brand or marque that you hadn’t considered before.
Spend some time online researching different car makes and models. Explore their different specifications, as well as trim levels. A single brand can come with as many as six or more trim levels with differing prices and features. Look through as many as possible until you find several that can form a shortlist of 4-5 cars. This brings us to our next tip -
2. Create a Shortlist for Testing
If you’re going to look at all these formerly unknown car brands online, shouldn’t you test drive them all? Well, if you have the time and inclination, you can certainly try it. For most of us, though, time is tighter and that’s why it’s a good idea to narrow your initial research to a shortlist.
These 4 or 5 cars are your firm favourites. You should make arrangements to test drive the car and see what it can do, as well as how it feels to drive. The ideal situation for a test drive would be as follows:
Test the car on a day with rain or other grim weather – you can test the wipers and see how it handles in tougher conditions.
You’ll test it on smaller roads, main roads and motorways if possible. Get a sense for the speed and power.
Perform some manoeuvres with the car (e.g. parallel park, reverse around the corner) to see how you manage with it.
Try all the functions, looking to see their effectiveness and ease of operation. You should also remark on visibility from the driver’s seat.
Get the details on the car’s dimensions to take home. You’ll need to be clear on these in future for your preferred garage space, or if you ever need long term car storage at some point.
There’s one further step you could take if you want to be really sure about a purchase, and that’s a short-term hire/lease. If one car really stands out among your shortlist, then rent one for a week and see how it does in your day-to-day routine. It’s a fantastic way to test the car in your real-life situation.
3. Don't Get Caught Up With the Up-Sell
Dealerships will always do their best to up-sell add-ons and accessories. We advise against these extra purchases. We’re not against car accessories or upgrades, but the dealership is not exactly the place to get them. If you’re interested, you can look at aftermarket parts online, or private suppliers, which will give you much better deals, even when you factor in installation for add-ons like off-road equipment and style upgrades.
The dealership normally procures you the car, the keys, a finance deal and a fair warranty. That’s where their part of the story ends for now. For further enhancements, look to the marketplace for a better experience and great savings.
4. Consider Your Exact Needs and Usage
A lot of new cars come with a plethora of gadgetry and tech features. These are very attractive when you’re testing the car, but do tend to add a lot of cost. Tech packages from BMW, for example, can add thousands to your already expensive sticker price.
A new car should be purchased after considering your exact needs and planned usage. Consider the following:
Need for luggage space
Need for passenger seating
Needs for vehicle storage
That car will continue to cost you even after you sign the paperwork and drive it off the lot. You have to look to the future and consider all the costs. If they’re outside your means, then a car is nothing but an albatross around your neck.
5. Always Sleep on It
Finally, never feel pressured into signing the paperwork. Buying a car is a serious commitment, it warrants a clear head. Take the night to sleep on it and in the morning, you’ll be clear about the decision. You can then pull the trigger and get that fantastic new motor. It's always good to consult car-minded friends and family, but don't look too heavily into their opinions, its your decision and your car at the end of the day.
A Car is a Long-term Asset – Plan, Plan, Plan
A new vehicle is not something you purchase lightly. Consider all the things you’ll need for this car in the future, including things like long term car storage. You never know when you’ll need certain services, so you should look into everything you can. Get in touch with us to learn more about car storage solutions for your new motor.
Thanks for reading!
Author: Autohouse Guest Blogger