So, you've decided to buy a new car. What sort of things should you take into consideration? Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive breaks it down into six crucial points.
- Decide on the type of your car you need. Do you need a car to ferry the children around? Or do you make numerous long trips and need to extra luggage space? Make sure your choice fits the purpose.
- Know your budget. How much are you able to spend? Think about potential insurance and other running costs as well.
- Check for any hidden extras, such as additional charges for number-plates and delivery.
- Check the running costs before you buy. Diesel cars offer better fuel economy but are often more expensive. Don't forget car depreciation; think about how much the car will depreciate in its first three years and how this will affect the price if sold second-hand.
- Once you've decided on budget, make sure you know how you will be financing the car. Most importantly, stick to your budget.
- Test drive. You need to find out if the car is comfortable and suits your needs.
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