There’s a lot to consider when buying a car. Overlooking certain factors or rushing the process could lead to you making a decision you regret. To ensure that you buy the right car for the best price, here are a few common mistakes to be wary of.
Some people are too eager to buy a car and they can end up rushing the process and buying a car after their first test drive. By allowing yourself enough time to look at multiple vehicles, you can guarantee a better chance to find that perfect next vehicle.
Those that rush buying a car tend to end up with cars that are unreliable or unsuitable for their needs because they didn’t take time to compare other options.
It’s important to consider the reputation of the person you buy from. With independent sellers, there’s no way of gaging how trustworthy someone is, which can make it more of a risk. It’s for this reason that may people buy used cars from dealers.
Of course, there are some dodgy dealerships out there, so always read online reviews and ask friends whether they’ve had good experiences or not. It’s also a good sign if the seller has all the necessary background information and paperwork on the vehicle.
Most sellers are willing to negotiate the price of a vehicle, so don’t be too shy to try some haggling. Let the seller know your budget and show enthusiasm – by encouraging them that you’re serious about buying the vehicle, a seller is more likely to drop the price.
You’re often more likely to lower the price by visiting the dealership during a quiet time (i.e. not the weekend). You may also find that the moment you walk away, sellers are more likely to offer dealers if they’re afraid they may lose you as a customer.
Some dealerships may try to sell you extras with your vehicle. This could include anything from a dashcam to a roofbox. Reject these extras if you don’t feel you need them. These extras may not even be that good a deal – you may find you’re able to shop for them cheaper elsewhere and that some sellers are simply throwing them in to push the price up.
The value of the car itself isn’t the only cost you should consider before settling on a car. Some cars may be high to insure, whilst others may be fuel-guzzlers. If this information isn’t supplied by the seller, make sure to look it up online.
It could also be worth researching into the reliability and repair costs of the vehicle (some cars you wouldn’t expect can have expensive parts), especially if you’re buying a used vehicle.