It’s been suggested that the brain releases endorphins and therefore makes us happy when we make a new purchase but how can you ensure that your good feelings last when you buy a new car? Here are the most important things to keep in mind when making your purchase.
New car buying advice – Think things through
Think about the car you’d like to buy before you step into the showroom. Use the internet to compare prices at other dealerships to check you’re not being ripped off. Before purchasing, keep in mind that dealers might be looking to meet sales targets at the end of each quarter so you might be more likely to get a good deal if you buy at the right time. Also, new registration plates are introduced in March and September so most dealers will try to shift stock before then, meaning that there could be a bargain on offer in February or August. Go during the last couple of days of the month and maybe avoid the showroom on a Saturday – you’re more likely to get a better deal when they’re not busy so think about visiting on a weekday.
New car buying advice – Don’t forget about the internet
Internet shopping isn’t just for shoes and clothes. If you’re dead set on the car you’d like to buy, then it might be a good idea to shop online. There are some really good deals to be had through online dealers. Sometimes, they have to shift stock and so will sell cars at a heavily discounted rate.
If possible, take the car for a test drive
If you’re in a showroom then you must insist on taking the car for a spin. Listen out for any unusual noises and if you have a friend with you who knows a thing or two about cars, then so much the better.
New car buying advice – Haggle
Salespeople expect you to haggle so it’d be a shame not to indulge them. It’s very rare to not be able to get anything off the price so perhaps move onto the next dealership (there are plenty of them!) if you’re not getting anywhere. The threat of leaving alone might push the salesperson to knock some money off the price for you. If there’s no room for manoeuvre in the price, perhaps they might be able to throw in something for free for you (a tank of petrol or car mats perhaps?) Don’t forget, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Finally, don’t be frightened to ask lots of questions, no matter how small you think they are. Trust your instincts and enjoy the experience of buying a new car. Happy shopping!
- Anna Vaccaro