Finding a good deal when you’re looking for a new car can be hard. These ideas will make it easier though.
Weigh Up Your Needs with Your Finances
We all have budgets when buying a car. You should make sure the budget you set is realistic. You don’t want to buy a car and then be struggling to pay the rent for the next few months! So, don’t splash out on a car you can’t afford. Sit down at the table and go through your finances, and add the amount you can afford to the price you got for your old car. If your budget is big, that doesn’t mean you have to use it all. Think about what you need and weigh that up against your budget.
Use Dealerships & the Internet
There are so many channels you can use to find cars nowadays. Of course, there are still the conventional car dealerships, and these can be very useful. The local Mercedes Benz dealership, for example, can be a great place to buy a car for people looking for security and reliability. But you should make the most of the internet as well. There are lots of good deals for people searching for a second-hand car. Be careful not to be ripped off though!
Always Test Drive
Recent research found that with the rise of the internet and direct person-to-person sales over auction websites, we’re all forgetting to test drive cars before buying them. That’s a huge mistake though, and you should be careful not to make it. If you don’t test drive the car, you could miss the chance to pick up on problems and get a real feel for the car. If you ask me, it’s impossible to know whether a car is the right one for you until you get behind the wheel and drive it.
Think About the Long-Term
Yes, it’s alway easier to think about the short-term, but that’s not a good thing to do. You should think about how much the car will be worth when it comes to selling it. Of course, it’s impossible to know what the exact resale value of the car will be in the future. But you can do a little research. For example, if you’re buying a brand new Fiat 500, have a look how much the price goes down on older models. You can do this by looking at online sales of used Fiat 500s and comparing the prices to the original price of the car when bought new. That way, you can find a car that doesn’t fall in price much.
Don’t be Afraid to Haggle
We’re often worried about haggling, but it’s something that you should always try. Even if you’re not very good at it, you might still be able to knock a bit of money off the price of the car. Don’t be afraid to start with a significantly lower opening offer than the dealer wants. They probably won’t accept this low offer, but it’ll show that you’re serious about getting the car at a reduced rate. They’ll then come back with a lower offer, and the haggling process will be well under way.