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Tips For Car Shopping

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Going car shopping, particularly for first time buyers, there is a list of things to consider. You want to get the best value for money, but without being a training mechanic, how do you know that that’s what you’re getting? Sure you can take it to a garage before buying, and if you’re buying from a site like ebay or gumtree, you probably should anyway. But it’s time-consuming and a complete waste if the car turns out to be a dud.

Price

You should be thinking about money in two ways – the first is whether you have enough of it. Cars aren’t cheap, and if your credit isn’t up to scratch, you might have to look into a bad credit car loan to make your purchase. The second thing is whether the price of the vehicle matches what you’re being sold. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Research the make and model and see what the average price for that car is. If you’re being charged way over, then walk away and find a better deal elsewhere. If they are asking for much less, then there’s something wrong with the car.

Condition

Always check on the condition of the car, don’t just take it at face value. Bring along a mechanic to see the car, or take it to a garage to be looked at before you buy it. If it just looks like it’s got a dent or scrape here and there – don’t count that out as cosmetic. There could easily be underlying damage to the vehicle and might call for body work to be replaced rather than buffed out. The older the car, the more issues it could have, so balance the cost against the quality.

History

Only buy a car if you have its full service history. That way you know exactly what has been done to the car, what’s new and what is more likely to go sooner. You’ll also have the details from its last MOT, so you’ll be able to see what advisory fixes have yet to be done on the car. It’s nice to know whether the past owners were racing teenagers or a diddy old lady. You can tell the difference in how the car would have been treated through knowing a bit about the previous owners.

Reputation

When buying online, always look into the reputation of the seller. If its a garage or car dealership you should easily be able to find reviews on Google about their services. If you’re buying from a site like eBay or gumtree, like we mentioned before, you have to trust the reviews on that site. Usually, ecommerce shops like these are quick to dock points from bad sellers, but there are always first time sellers who don’t have any ratings yet, that you will have to decide to trust based on your communication with them.

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Joining The Luxury Car Club

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Everybody wants to be a part of the luxury car club. Even those people who claim that they’re perfectly happy with their modest little machine which gets them from point A to B in one piece. In an ideal world, we’d all get luxury cars if we could. Still, that’s just a pipe dream, isn’t it? In the real world, there’s no way you could possibly afford a luxury car. Or maybe you just need to dig a little deeper. There are many other ways to become an owner of a sophisticated vehicle, so here are some pieces of advice that might just help you join the luxury car club without going bankrupt.

Leasing instead of buying.

Instead of taking out a second mortgage on your home to afford a luxury car, why not look into leasing instead? Most car owners keep a certain model for several years or a decade before switching it for a better model; age and the promise of better models on the market are usually the reason for doing so. And whilst a luxury car may be more, well, “luxurious” than the typical commercial vehicle, who’s to say it won’t be as worn-out and outdated in several years too?

That’s why it’s much smarter to lease a luxury car for a few years before moving on to the next luxury model (and so on) rather than buying it outright. You’ll save yourself a heap of money and you’ll still technically be a luxury car owner. There are plenty of new luxury models, such as the Buick Enclave, which fall within the mass market’s buying budget and certainly within the mass market’s leasing budget. Again, it’s all about doing your research.

Looking at older models.

Drooling over those sleek new BMW and Jaguar models at your local car dealership? Well, think about it; all those big manufacturers come out with an endless range of new car models every year. Those brand new machines will be outdated in the blink of an eye. Rather than going for “new” when it comes to buying a luxury car, why not simply go for… luxury? Some older models from a few years or even a decade ago still look stunning and they cost a whole lot less than the newest cars on the market. You could check out sites which have the Jaguar X, XE, S, F Type for sale if you wanted to do a little personal research into preowned vehicles. The point is that luxury is timeless. Rather than following the latest trends because they’re “new”, you could opt for an older model of a car and save yourself a lot of money.

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Saving money.

At the end of the day, the best way to afford a luxury car is to start saving. Sacrifice some of those other luxuries in life such as nice meals and expensive technology until you can afford the car you want. You just need to find some motivation to ensure you stick to your saving plan and don’t blow all your funds on something else. You could do some research and look at some of the new models such as the BMW X1 or the Audi A3 so that you have a goal to aim for. Give up other luxuries for the sake of this one incredible luxury.

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Save Yourself A Sting: Do This Before Buying Your Next Car

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When you’re looking at getting a new car, you’ve always got a range of options. Whether you’re planning on buying or leasing, going with something new or used, you should always be careful. Cars are a big expense. And when you’re planning on spending a lot of money on something, you need to be sure that it’s not going to come back and bite you. Unfortunately, it’s quite a common occurrence to be stung on big purchases, like cars. So whether you’re buying your kid their first car, or upgrading what you’ve got, here’s what you need to do to ensure you get a good deal.

Do Your Research

The second that you decide you might like to get a new car, there’s one thing you have to do first. And that’s research. It’s so easy to start looking into models and prices, but before you jump the gun, you’re going to want to get some research in first. Find out what models are the most reliable, or most efficient, or whatever priorities you have – just make sure you read up. You can find a lot of information online that can help you to create a shortlist of some of the cars you might like to consider.

Shop Around

When you’ve got your facts in line, you should then think about shopping around a bit. Because you could end up being stung on the cost of a certain car if you’re not able to consider if the price is right or not. At the same time, when you shop around, you can start to compare some of the models on your shortlist. Although you may have had a specific model in mind to start with, as you do your research and consider things more carefully, sometimes you discover it may not be quite what you need after all.

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Read Recommendations

And it’s for that particular reason that you definitely need to be reading recommendations. Not just for the particular model you’re looking at, but dealerships too. This website tells you all about lemon law. It’s important that you find a reputable place to buy from if you want your purchase to be issue-free. If not, you may find that you need to bring the lemon law into action!

Take A Test Drive

Even after you’ve done your research, taken a look at the different models available at different dealerships, and found a place that you’re sure if going to be reliable, still don’t set your heart on anything. Before you do, ensure that you take a test drive. Because you can often find that test driving a car leads you to feeling completely differently about a car.

Read The Fine Print

And finally, when you do decide on the perfect car, you need to ensure that you read everything carefully. Whether you’re buying new or used, you may find that you have some paperwork to sign. This will definitely be the case when you’re leasing or getting the financial option. And you need to know what you’re agreeing to. By ensuring that you read the fine print, you could save yourself from a potential sting.