There are few experiences that equal that of jingling the keys, starting the engine and taking your new car on its first outing. Surely most of us seek the quickest route to the highway; nobody wants their baby’s first steps to be at 40 km/h. A new car is a new journey, but one that entails some occasionally intrepid wrong turns. Bad dealers, faulty engines, not quite your style, and the biggest question: new or used? Here are some tips for purchasing your next car, because if there’s one thing we should slow down for, it’s the decision process.
Start your engines
Before getting behind the wheel of a new or used vehicle, get behind the computer and check out all of the cars that you’re interested in online. Buying a family vehicle? Need room for the bikes? Need a quick getaway for weekends? Roof racks and boot space are a priority. Just looking for an inexpensive way to get from home to work? Maybe two doors and fuel efficiency is your motivation.
Search online within Australia, read professional and citizen car reviews, and inspect all the options and extras that your desired car might have. How many years will the engine remain in good nick? What’s the depreciation rate? What is the vehicle currently selling for on the used market?
Go into the branded car yards in your area and talk to the people who know best. It’s also worth collecting some secondary opinions and advice from your mechanic (not that we can’t always trust our car dealerships!)
Communicate with a variety of dealerships and sellers and see where you can get the best deal. Most dealers will be willing to throw in some extras with the purchase, even if it is just a set of pink fluffy dice.
A great site for car advice is www.caradvice.com.au for timely expert articles on Australia’s car market.
Yeah, yeah so it’s not totally new, but often used cars have the quality, great conditions and the relatively low mileage that we seek in a brand new vehicle. But it does often mean greater risk in the purchasing process, an element exacerbated by the surge of horror stories in the media. Private sales in particular can be touchy, again particularly with older models and high mileages.
That said, savings is a used car’s draw card, and something that can’t be ignored by any punter in the market.
Other things to think about
Apart from that addictive smell and an obsessively polished shine, new car buyers are also fit to brag about a number of unmatchable security and quality features. Peace of mind is the primary reason a new car is a safe car, as they are less likely to necessitate a check up soon after purchase, with their engines running as smooth as honey. Also, you’re likely going to be able to score some competitive warranties between dealerships, ranging between three and five years generally.
Other things to think about