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Car Buying Tips

Mar 21, 2008
Car buying can be a stressful experience; having a clear idea of what you want and need from your car even before you head to the car dealership is essential. As with most things in life there are pitfalls to avoid and certain elements that you may wish to pursue. As an expensive piece of equipment it is vital you get the choice right, try not to be swayed at the dealership, stick to what type of car you want and the price you are willing to pay.

Research is essential when getting a new car and should be carried out extensively before you even head down to the car dealership. Use the internet to look at the various cars that fulfil your requirements; whether you are looking for a sporty car or a car to ferry your family around, the internet will include information on all aspects of motoring. Websites reviewing cars are in abundance and are guaranteed to give a more objective view that the salesmen down at the dealership. The internet can also allow you to price prospective cars. Getting a good idea of the price you should be paying is valuable knowledge when you visit the dealership.

The next thing to consider before you head to a dealership is whether to buy a new or used car. While a new car will have the nice smell and the knowledge that you are the first to drive it, depreciation is a major concern and once the initial purchase is made, you could lose thousands of dollars when it comes to resale. Used cars make an appealing alternative, usually far more affordable and in many cases reconditioned so they are almost new, they can bring new car luxury at a fraction of the price

One helpful piece of advice when looking at getting a car is to head down the dealership near the end of the month, due to the fact most dealerships have monthly targets that are often aggressive. As they work on a monthly basis, the end of the month often sees prices falling as dealers attempt to meet their monthly targets. The attitude of 'drive it away today' fills the salesman's head and hence, great deals can be found.

Test drives should be major element before picking a car up, understanding how a car handles and performs is essential. If this is a used car this can be extremely useful to assess the condition of the car and whether it will be worth owning. Added to this, if buying a used car from your dealership ensure to get an independent inspection of the car by an objective garage or service center who will be able to give you a true idea of the state of the vehicle. After all you do not want to jump in a car only for it to break down five minutes away from the dealership

Of course when at the dealership and in the closing stages of a deal there is alot of paperwork to contend with. Signing a contract will be a major element, so remember to take your reading glasses as there will be plenty of small print to read over. Making sure you are sufficiently protected should be your main concern and try to avoid expensive add-ons that may be a part of the contract you fail to pick up on. The devil is in the detail so take your time and consider everything carefully.

Getting a car can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life, the freedom of your own set of wheels and the open road is unsurpassable and should be enjoyed by everyone at least once. Just try and follow this advice and your car should bring you great driving experiences for years to come.And remember,have fun and enjoy
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