Buying your next car

As the majority of us know, buying your next car can be a very tough challenge and with all the stress that is involved people can often get led into a viscous circle of bad decisions and choices and ultimately the wrong car. There are a few simple tips/rules you can follow when buying your next car that can help to make sure that you aren’t making a complete mistake.


The first thing that is recommended is to buy nearly new, whilst that second hand Mazda MX-6 you saw on the internet may be unquestionably cheap, a thing you will learn in the motor world, is if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Now I’m not saying you can’t get great offers on used cars, but in the long run you may end up spending more. In the case of the Mazda MX-6 you can get one for under £600, but you will likely end up spending more money maintaining it, you also miss out on the lower running costs that present themselves in newer models.

Secondly don’t always assume bigger is better. Many people make the mistake of buying a large car with long distance journeys in mind as it is pretty intuitive that the larger the car the comfier you and your family will be on your long drive to wales in the summer. This makes sense however if all of your other driving is done within the same 50 mile radius that second hand Kia Soul you were eyeing up may not be the best option. Small cars are generally a lot more efficient, and the money you save will pay for a hire car for that week in wales, and you’ll still have some money left over.

Thirdly, consider leasing. Many people think that leasing isn’t a great route to go down and would rather own the vehicle, however in this day and age of credit consumerism, leasing is becoming more and more common, and even sensible. A friend of mine is leasing a Peugeot 308 and they have pledged to never but another car again. At the end of the day, very few of us can afford to buy new cars outright, but you can have a nice new car on a lease deal, and sure you might end up paying out more in the long run, but you probably wouldn’t notice and it’s for a car you could never have afforded outright anyway. You will also save money as the car will be newer and therefore more efficient, furthermore you won’t have to spend anywhere near as much on servicing and mot as you would if you bought a second hand car.

Lastly whatever car you are after, whether you want a new Vauxhall Insignia, a contract hire Jaguar XF or a second hand Mercedes-Benz CL make sure you do your research and know exactly what you want before you commit to being face to face with a salesman of any sort.

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