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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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Make Sure That You Make The Right Choice When Buying Your Teenager’s First Car

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It can often be a pretty scary prospect when the time comes for your teenager to get behind the wheel of a car on their own for the first time. Sure, they’ve passed their test, and you know that you can trust them, but that doesn’t make it any less nerve-wracking. This is especially true when you’re trying to find the perfect first car for them. After all, you want something reliable and safe, but you don’t want to end up paying out the nose for something when they don’t have that much experience out on the road. Finding the right car for your teenager isn’t always easy, but if you follow these simple pieces of advice, you can be sure that you make the right choice.

Don’t overspend

It can be pretty tempting for a lot of parents to get the best car for their teenager so that they can be sure that they’re as safe and secure as possible. This is an understandable perspective, but the reality is that the chances of your child getting in an accident on the road are never higher than in the first year or so. Because of this, it’s far better to go for a cheaper car that they can get into little bumps and scrapes without it being a total disaster. Similarly, newer and more valuable cars often have much higher insurance rates. No matter what kind of car you do choose, make sure to check out sites like cheapautoinsurance.co.uk to get the best deal on your child’s insurance policy. Over time their premiums will decrease, but it’s a good idea to get the best possible deal right at the start.   

Less is more

For a lot of teenagers, the desire for a powerful first car is pretty strong. After all, they want to make the most of their new found freedom as well as the status that having their own car affords them. Of course, most of us know all too well just how dangerous that kind of attitude can be when a young person is behind the wheel of a powerful car. Sticking with vehicles that have smaller engines is a much better idea because it takes away a great deal of that temptation from your teenager so that they are able to stay safe on the road. It also lowers things like insurance premiums and tax on the car so that you’re able to avoid paying more than you need to. After all, the first year of driving is not the time when someone needs a big powerful engine under to bonnet of their car.

When it comes down to it, the most important thing that you can do when buying your teenager their first car is to trust them. It’s never easy to give them the independence that they need, but there comes a time in every parent’s life when they have to let go and let their kids get out into the world on their own. At least you can rest easy knowing that the car that they’re driving is as well suited to them as possible.

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A Car Buying Guide For Retirees

There comes a time in every person’s life when they can no longer walk into a car dealership and choose any car that takes their fancy. It’s called retirement age, and it affects much more than just our working habits. At this point in our lives, we have to think about factors that we have never had to think about before. The synergy and fit with our cars becomes much more important, as does the type of car we choose.

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The Shape of the Car

If you’ve been working hard all your life then you probably have plenty of cash to splash on the car of your dreams. Unfortunately, buying that expensive sports car might not be a feasible option because of its shape. As you get older, it’ll be more difficult to get into cars that are low to the ground. Instead, take a look at vehicles that are higher off the ground and are easier to get into to. Even if you could get into the car now, you should think about the next 5 – 10 years.

Buying New V Used

Whatever age you are, it’s always difficult to decide if you should buy a new or used car. While there are plenty of great deals on used cars for sale, if you buy one that is too outdated you might find that it lacks the necessary safety and comfort features you need to have the peace of mind as you’re driving about town. However, both used and new cars can come with a warranty, which means if you do face any troubles then there’ll be taken care of, so if you find a used car that you love and which meets your needs, don’t be put off just because it’s not brand new.

Safety Features and Reliability

More than the look and entertainment features of a vehicle, older people need to be paying close attention to a car’s safety and reliability qualities before they make a decision on which car they should purchase. Cars these days come packed with innovative safety features, but some have more than others, so have a detailed conversation with your car salesman and make sure they know that it is safety that you’re really looking for. Reliability is also essential, especially if you’re planning to use the car daily as a run around to visit friends and family and the shops.

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Make Sure You Know What You’re Buying

Comfort becomes more important as our bodies begin to age. As such, it’s important to fully understand the car you’re buying, including the parts that can be adjusted to meet your individual needs, such as seat position and steering wheel height. You may want to add cushions to the seat to add extra comfort, too.

Safety Nets

It becomes more and more important as we get older that we are protected should something go wrong with our vehicle. For instance, make sure you have roadside assistance to come to your rescue should you break down, and also that your car is equipped with an emergency kit plus bottles of water.