What to Look for When Buying a Car

Written by George Steels. Posted in Cars

Buying a car has become quite a commonplace activity for the modern man; in fact, this seems to be a constant pursuit for those who don’t need to worry about money. Thus, cars are no longer bought only as needed, but as they are desired as well; owning more than one car is also common in some parts of the world, and is viewed like an accessory. For those of us who still have to buy a car because we need it, the investment can be large, so we have to make sure we get our money’s worth. If you have never bought a car, we will give you some tips to help you find your way through the myriad of offers.

Set Your Budget

In many situations, people need to buy a car but cannot afford to pay the whole sum at once; one of the first options they consider, if they already own another car, is to try to sell it, or use it for a trade-in program, which sets a value on your current car and subtracts that sum from the price of the car you want to purchase. Another solution is to get a loan from the bank; there are special car loans that offer certain advantages to prospective car buyers, but you should look for such offers at various banks before deciding which one to sign for; ask for interest rates and whether they are fixed, check to see if there are any hidden costs, and so on. Finally, the third option is to get a loan from particular companies like carfinance.com; these offer loans for both new and used cars, they can be set up online, and you can also choose between various offers until you find what you need. Once you’ve set up a loan or gathered the money for your purchase, you have a budget and can start looking for cars within those limits.

Car Dealerships and Web Browsing

If you’re looking for a used car, then you can find them both in your area, but on the internet, as well. There are plenty websites presenting used cars for sale, and in most situations, you have to contact the owner themselves and discuss payment, the car’s condition, and negotiate prices. It is harder to negotiate prices on a new car, but if you do some research, you may be able to get the dealer to drop some hidden costs; for instance, you can search the car you’ve spotted at other dealerships, and if you find lower prices, discuss this with the dealer; they may be convinced to give you a better offer. As for buying a used car, you should only do so with a car whose history is well documented; the previous owner should keep logs on all the issues that the car had, all the repairs that were necessary, and all the maintenance and check-ups that were done. If this information is not provided, you could end up buying an automobile that has way more problems than appears.

Take a Drive

Whether you buy a new or used car, you should first take a drive in it, to see how it drives and responds to your commands, and decide whether you feel comfortable it in. Check the electric panel, look under the hood to at least see whether it’s well maintained, and check for any scratches or damages on the interior and exterior – such small defects can also get you a lower price if you can negotiate. Finally, sign your paperwork and take the car home; be careful not to take any loans you cannot pay in time, all the time; some lending companies can claim your car if you miss even one payment, and then you’ll be the one losing everything.