Why You Need To Research A Car Before You Buy It


People will often tell you that buying a car isn’t a big deal as others might make out, and to be honest most of the time it isn’t - as long as you are fully informed beforehand and know what you’re doing!

If you just walk into a car dealership and buy a car ‘blind’, you really won’t know what you are letting yourself in for, and if any major problems develop with your car shortly after buying it, your chances of getting them resolved or even a refund issue by the dealership are going to be slim to none.

Therefore, it is essential that you do as much research into the make and model, and the specific car that you want to purchase, before you hand over any money so that you can save yourself from having to deal with any potential issues. Here is what you need to know (and do)!

What type of car do you want?

Before you head out and go buy a new car, you should firstly determine what sort of car you want to buy. If you don’t have a family in tow, then a small hatchback might be the car for you, but otherwise, you might want to look for an estate or people carrier (i.e. MPV).

How much do you want to spend?

Whenever you go out and buy a car, make sure that you set yourself an absolute ceiling limit of money that you want to spend, so if you go out to look at a car in the hopes that you can haggle on price, you can stop any pushy sales people from making you pay more than you can realistically afford.

Shortlist one or two models you are interested in

The problem with saying to a car salesperson that you “want a hatchback”, for example, is that they will try to sell you any car within that class - normally the highest price one in their showroom!

Instead, the smarter way of shopping for your next car is to narrow your selection down to no more than two models. That way, you can focus on exactly what car models you are interested in, and not other ones which are unsuitable.

Check out some reviews online

According to the head of sales at GK Group
"a savvy car buyer should always go online and do some thorough research on the cars that they are interested in, so that they know exactly what to expect when they go to a car dealership and check an example out for real."
This saves you and the sales people time, so that you can be sure that the car you are interested in is definitely for you. Take a look at trusted websites such as Which? for an honest, no-nonsense way of learning about the pros and cons of your favourite cars, as well as the likely faults that may develop with them in the future and how much you are likely to pay to get them fixed.

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