buying a new car can be a nerve racking experience and is often the second most expensive purchase we'll ever make but there some simple things you can doto make the process easier cheaper and get you the best car for your money. first things first do your research. there's no point buyinga four-wheel-drive if you'll never go off road or a micro if it'll be mum's taxi so get the basics covered first. work out the must-haves before looking at the nice to haves
don't borrow beyond your means it's too easy to fall into the trap of over reaching when it comes time to put pen to paper don't rely on dealer finance to tell you how much you can borrow go and see a financial advisor before hitting the car yards and most importantly your budget shoulddictate the vehicle you buy not the other way around safety matters safety is an obvious but often overlookedfactor in choosing a vehicle
modern cars are safer than ever butthere's a big difference between a three-star rated vehicle and a five star. nowadays there's a five star rated car for all budgets and tastes so it's not a safe vehicle cross it off your list calculate your running costs. it's onething to be able to afford the purchase price can you keep the car on the road? ongoing costs such as servicing can vary greatly betweenmanufacturers. rego increases with engine size and comprehensive insuranceis typically cheaper
for more common models. even fuel efficiency can make or break a family's weekly budget. resale value is important. when it comes time to trade in the car you want it to maintain the highestpossible value. depreciation is the single biggest factor in assessingresale value with luxury and top spec models losingthe highest percentage keep in mind that the most popular colorchoices are whites greys and black. so while the bright purple might be your favourite bear in mind it may be harder to find abuyer when the time comes
key these few simple tips in mind andyou can make the most out of any new car purchase.