Wednesday, June 5, 2019

If you are considering buying a new car, there are likely lots of things that are running through your mind right now. From the obvious and straightforward choices you need to make to the ones that take a little more consideration, it can feel like every time you think you know what you are doing, another one of those thoughts pop up in its place. Fear not, however, as that is why we have written this post - to help you out by listing all of the things that you need to think about when it is time to purchase a new car. 

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Selling Your Old Car

Many people need to sell their old car to fund the purchase of their new one. You first need to think about the condition that it is in. If it is still roadworthy and not too battered and old, you will probably get a fair amount of money for it. However, if it could be described as an 'old banger', then that is probably not going to happen. Do a thorough inspection of the car, from the interior to the exterior, and under the hood. If there any minor issues, think about addressing those before you try to sell it on - this can help increase the value of the car. 

You then need to think about how much you are aiming to get for it. Be realistic with your expectations - do not aim for something ridiculously high that you are never going to get, but at the same time, do not undervalue your car. You can always drop the price when negotiating with a potential buyer.  You also need to decide whether to sell to a private buyer or a trader. There are benefits to both options, so weigh up the pros and cons of each and decide which would be best for you.

New or Second Hand?

When we are talking about a new car, we do not necessarily mean brand new - we mean new to you. You may well be looking for a second-hand car, and if this is the case, you need to check out sellers very carefully.  If you are going car shopping in Tucson, AZ, a reputable dealership may well be your best option. Sometimes, it can be a little risky to buy from a private seller.  You will find that most established second-hand auto traders offer you some sort of guarantee or warranty that is not provided by private sellers, but this gives you an extra layer of protection on the off chance that something should go wrong.

If you do decide to buy a brand new car, make sure that you shop around to get a good deal and make sure that you do get a comprehensive warranty from the dealer because while unlikely, things still can and do go wrong. 

How Are You Going To Pay For It?

If you have the cash to buy the car outright, that is great, but if you are upgrading your car or purchase brand new, it is likely that you wouldn't be able to purchase it outright. This means that you need to look into a car financing option that works for you. There are many ways of doing this, such as hire purchase. This means paying an amount every month, but you do not own the car until you have fully paid it off. Others prefer to get a personal loan from the bank so that they can pay cash for the car and then pay the loan back to the tender. The advantage of this is that you have a good credit score; you may be able to get a lower interest rate on your vehicle. Be aware though that interest charges on your loan can fluctuate without warning

Car Insurance

Car insurance is something you need to think about before you purchase a car. There is no point in buying a car if you cannot afford to pay the insurance on it because of the engine size or because of it being a particularly desirable car. Once you know the registration of a car, you should be able to go online and get quotes for the insurance to give you an idea. By doing this, you will be able to compare prices and know whether you can afford the monthly or annual insurance premiums. 

Other Costs 

There are many other costs that you need to consider on top of the purchase price and car insurance. For example, you need to think about the vehicle tax. You would need to pay this every six months or every year, depending on the plan that you choose. As well as this, it is always a good idea to add on breakdown cover just in case - you do not want to break down and have no way of getting to your destination! All of these costs add up, and these are not even the full extent of it.

You also need to take into account the amount of fuel that you will need to run the car. This is dependant on a range of factors, such as how often you drive, the distances you cover, and how economically you drive. You must not forget to take this into account when you are looking at all the costs associated with a new car. It is all well and good to be able to afford the purchase price and insurance, but if you can't afford to put fuel in, you will not be going anywhere.

Also, remember that if something goes wrong and a guarantee or warranty do not cover it, you will need to fork out for the repairs. If there is something wrong with the engine, that is going to cost you. Tires, which do need replacing regularly, will cost you a fair bit. 
All those smaller costs add up and usually come to bite you when you least expect it or can afford it,  so, you need to plan for every eventual cost that you could need to pay before you purchase a new vehicle.

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