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Buying a MINI Hatchback

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Originally launched by Morris Minor in 1961, the MINI is an extremely iconic car. It’s the kind of vehicle that almost anyone can identify, whether the individual asked is interested in cars or not.  This is perhaps thanks to the vehicle’s unique and eye-catching design.The original reason for creating such a small vehicle was to create something that could operate with a lower fuel consumption thanks to fueling rationing of the day. But what is it that keeps us coming back to the MINI time and time again, even in the 21st century? While the MINIs that you see on the road nowadays vary drastically from those of yesteryear, our longstanding love of this vehicle as a nation could be thanks to the maintenance of its distinctively retro aesthetic and the fact that it is notably small when compared with the majority of other road vehicles. So, if you’re part of the MINI fan club and are considering bagging one of these vehicles for yourself, here’s everything that you need to know about them!

Buying New or Second Hand

If you’re interested in classic MINIs, you’re going to have to buy something that is relatively well used. However, for newer models, you’re going to have more options on your plate. When you buy a brand new MINI, you have the benefit of having complete control over the maintenance and treatment of the vehicle from the start of its journey. You don’t have to worry about scratches, marks, or faults created by previous owners. You also have a fully functioning vehicle that will likely have a warranty, so if there are any inherent problems with it when you pull off the forecourt, you’re covered without having to sacrifice your no claims bonuses. A major problem, however, is the extreme loss that you make as soon as you drive it away and it switches from “brand new” to used. If you buy a second hand MINI, you’re going to have a smaller initial outlay. However, you may have to consider specialist MINI Repair work to rectify aesthetic or technical problems.

Driving

As long as you’re looking at any MINI hatchback model besides the Mini Cooper S or Mini Cooper SD, you can expect to get turbocharged three-cylinder engines. Now, this is impressive for such a small vehicle! If you opt for the S or SD, you gain an extra cylinder. The good news is that despite the extra power, you shouldn’t expect to experience any significant vibrations to run through the gearstick and steering wheel throughout the duration of the ride. The vehicle comes with adequate suspension, which drives most smoothly with smaller wheels. If you do prefer larger wheels, consider having dampers installed; these ensure that your vehicle yields more easily.

Aesthetic

One of the best things about owning a MINI is the freedom you have with its appearance. There are so many colours and even patterns available that can help to make your vehicle stand out from the crowd. You truly will be driving something personal and unique.

As you can see, the MINI is a versatile vehicle that should serve the needs of the average road user perfectly. Just put a little thought into exactly what you want from the vehicle before placing down a deposit or agreeing to a purchase, as it’s a relatively large investment!

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Buying Your Dream Car The Right Way

Every driver dreams of buying their dream car at some point, don’t they? However, you need to make sure you buy your dream car the right way when you’re ready. You don’t want to end up paying extortionate prices, or tied into a deal that just isn’t going to work for you in the long run.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure you end up buying your dream car the right way:

Come Up With A Realistic Budget

Ok, the first thing you need to do is come up with a realistic budget. You’re going to want to think you can pour as much money as possible into your car fund, but in reality, you might struggle and regret making the decision. Make sure you take into account how much you earn, what your bills are, and how much you can realistically afford to put away for your car. You can’t just consider the initial cost of the car, though; you need to think about how much gas you’re going to use, the maintenance on the car, and more.

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Is there a way you can reduce some of your expense to make sure that you can purchase this car without struggling? Usually, you’ll need to make a few sacrifices to purchase your dream car.

Give Yourself A Doable Time Frame

Now, work out a doable time frame so you give yourself enough time to put the money aside. Later we’ll discuss doable financing options, but it’s always worth having some money saved so you can put down a deposit, and make any necessary payments. Having a cash cushion could also help you if you have a repair to pay for later on down the line.

Work With A Reliable Dealer

Working with a reliable dealer is one of the best things you can do when purchasing your dream car. There are plethora of dealers, or specializing in different brands of car. However, they aren’t all reliable. Doing your own research to make sure the dealer can trusted is important. LSH Auto for Mercedes Benz Nationwide have great testimonials and reviews, so that’s the kind of thing you should be looking for when figuring out who to work with. Make sure you don’t feel pressured into accepting a certain deal. You’re totally free to walk away from a dealer to think about it. They might even call you up and offer you a better deal through fear of you not returning. Make sure you’re wise to the tricks that some of them try to play!

Look At Your Alternative Financing Options

Make sure you pay attention to alternative financing options – but only if you can afford them. You could look into bank loans, auto loans, and car title loans to name just a few. A lot of people who drive their dream car do so by financing it. That being said, you absolutely need to make sure that you’re not going to be struggling to keep up a few months down the line.  

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Avoid Things Going Sour When Buying Into A Lemon Car

Buying a car is a complete and utter stress. Finding a new car is costly and can be very expensive, whether you are buying on finance or buying with cash, so most of the time people try to find used cars to purchase. If you’re not a car connoisseur, then the purchase of a car can feel like walking into oncoming traffic: it’s going to hurt, and you have no idea what you are doing!

Finding a used car that is in good condition should be easy, but that search is only going to be successful if you apply a little common sense and a lot of forward-thinking to your task. Car shopping is going to come with a bit of risk. Buying a new car that you can drive straight out of the dealership means that you are relying on yourself as the owner of that car for things to stay correct and reliable. Buying a used car means you are relying on other people to have left that car in the best condition possible. Research and investigative skills are in dire need here, because you are embarking on the search that could mean the difference between a safe and secure driving experience, and one that sees you calling in a competent accident lawyer. There are many tricks that you can try to make your car purchasing experience a pleasant one, rather than one that sees you purchasing a lemon car and seeing everything going very sour very quickly.

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Reliability Records Matter.

As a new buyer, you need to be stringent in your reliability checks of a new vehicle. You want to avoid purchasing a car that is prone to breakdowns and trouble, and even the chances of purchasing a ‘cut and shut’, which you can read more about here. Your model selection is going to have everything to do with your successful car purchase, so reading car reviews on the model you are interested in is important and this report can really help.

Read Window Stickers – Not Just The Cost!

Every car dealer is required by the FTC to stick a buyer’s guide in used cars that are on the forecourt for sale. The Buyer’s Guide must be honoured, regardless of the contract that you sign and the information that is within it has to be transparent. If a car is sold ‘as is’, then you need to be very aware that problems that may happen after you leave the dealership are solely yours to fix. It’s a risk, and it’s also why many states no longer allow cars to be sold ‘as is’, as it can cause accidents!

Inspect The Exterior

You may not be a particularly informed car buyer, and it’s for this reason that you should always buy a car with someone well-versed in purchasing their own. Dealers can spot an inexperienced buyer a mile off, and you need to be able to walk into that sale with as much knowledge as possible about what to look for. Doing a walk around of the car you are interested in can throw up tons of interesting points, like paintwork that has been chipped and covered over, dents that have been masked by position of the car in the forecourt and mismatched car parts. You want to look for inconsistent repairs so that you can ask the right questions about the previous owner’s treatment of the car. Every question you ask could mean the difference between your safety and an accident waiting to happen.

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Kick The Hood

Looking under the hood may be completely overwhelming for you, so have someone inspect the car on your behalf and help you to understand what you should be looking for. In a nutshell, you want to make sure the interior of the car is not grease splattered and have as little corrosion as possible. Make sure the engine is cool before you do this, but check the fluids in the car are clean and do not have any leaks. You’ll notice funky fluids and smells and you need to ask about these before you buy.

Tread Carefully

The only things between you and the road are the tires of the car. It’s for this reason that you should be ensuring that these are in the best condition possible. Tires tell a lot about a car and its history. The wear across the tread should be very even on both sides of the car and the treat shouldn’t be flat or shallow. If this is the case, the car needs new tires! The inflation should be correct and cupped tires can show that there have been issues with steering, braking and the suspension of the car.

A History Lesson

Before you buy a car, you need to get a full history and this history can tell you everything from previous accidents to fires, floods and whether the mileage has been wound back. Odometer fraud is a big issue but be aware: vehicle history reports are not always up to date. You could have a car with a perfect history sitting in front of you and yet have the most obvious signs of damage. The best thing that you can do is have a professional mechanic do a once-over of the vehicle, and usually you get a 14-day cancellation policy to work with when you buy a new car. If you choose to buy, use your cancellation policy to check out the car and then return it if you find any issues.

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You should be very aware of your rights as a car buyer before you go into the dealership and if you are a savvy buyer, you can avoid that lemon. You need to know your protection before you sign the dotted line, and while it’s illegal for a dealer to sell you a car that has been welded back together or had the mistakes covered up, you can report that dealer to NADA. Buying privately offers you less protection, which is where a trusted friend can help. Don’t let your car buying experience make you sour!