Looking to buy a new car? Although finding the perfect car can take a little work, doing your research beforehand can ensure that you get the best possible new car deal.
So, where do you start? Well, besides choosing a car that meets your needs, you’ll also need to stick within your designated price range – even if it’s tempting to indulge!
And before signing on the dotted line, it’s also essential to check out a few final details to ensure you don’t get hit with any unexpected fees or delays when you’re trying to get your new vehicle on the road.
Choosing the right car for you
It might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s important to figure out what you need, and stick to it. Buying a car is usually an emotional decision, but there’s no point coveting the sporty red number you see at the car yard if you have three kids to ferry around. Consider things like how often and where you drive, how much space you need for equipment, luggage or passengers, fuel economy, the cost of insurance premiums, and of course, the purchase price.
How many kilometres has it done?
Although this is a standard question for second-hand car buyers, it should also be one of the top questions for anyone looking for a new car. Don’t assume that new cars won’t have travelled. The fact is, when you buy a new car, it may have already clocked up more than a few kilometres through test-drives at one or more dealers. If you’re looking at more than 450km, ask for a car discount.
What about add-ons?
New cars can be fitted with a range of add-ons when they are built, and a dealer may offer extras to make a car more attractive to a buyer. Things like after market alarms, mud flaps, tinted windows and metallic paint options are often on offer. When you buy a new car, always ask for a list of add-ons, check what is already included in the advertised price, and ask what will cost extra.
What fees and charges do I need to know about?
There will be the vehicle purchase price with or without additional add-ons, and then fees and charges. Legitimate charges that you will usually be asked to pay when you buy a new car include stamp duty, registration costs (most dealers do the registration paperwork for you), insurance, the luxury car tax (depending on the price of the car), and dealer delivery. Dealer delivery charges vary, and typically include the cost of detailing the vehicle, compliance, and administration, so don’t be afraid to negotiate.
When can I expect delivery?
When negotiating a new car deal, always confirm whether the car is on site. If you are looking for a specific colour or extras, a dealer may offer to provide it for you, but that can involve an exchange with another car yard, and a little extra waiting time. It is a good idea to confirm the waiting time with the dealer in writing before you accept the deal.
And when you’ve found your ideal new car deal, check to see if the dealer will deliver. It may not always be a viable option, but it’s a definite bonus when possible.
You also might want to consider using a car broker, instead of going around to different dealers. A car broker can find you the car that you want, bring it to your door for a test drive, and if you decide to buy, deliver it to you with a full tank of fuel.
Finally, it’s worth remembering that deals aren’t set in stone until you sign on the dotted line. If you’re well informed you’ll be in a much better position to negotiate a good new car deal and drive away with your wallet – and dignity – intact.
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