Buying A New Car
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If your plans for this year include the purchase of a new car, there are a few points to consider before you head off to the showrooms.

Your Criteria

Everyone needs their car to serve a different purpose and to ensure you make a wise investment, it is important that you clarify your criteria. Will you mostly be using it for local journeys or will you be covering hundreds of miles every week? Are you regularly carrying other passengers or typically driving alone?

You should also consider whether a manual or automatic car is preferable and the number of doors that you would like. Does the car need to have ISO fix, satellite navigation or other gadgets in order to seal the deal? What bulky items might you need to regularly fit into the boot? With a clear list of requirements, it will be easier to find the ideal car for your requirements.

Financing a New Car

You may have enough money to pay for a car outright, but it is more common for people to purchase a new car with a finance deal. Either way, you need a clear understanding of your budget before you start to look at the options.

Most dealerships will offer finance deals or you may be planning to take a loan from another source. Either way, take time to work out your monthly income and expenditure, so you know how much you can realistically afford to spend on a car. In addition to purchasing the car, you should factor in other car related costs including fuel, insurance and servicing. Avoid over-stretching yourself financially, as this can lead to problems and stress in the future.

Test Driving

A good dealership will present you with a number of options that match your criteria and come within your budget. If you are in the north of England and looking at new cars, Carlisle based Boarder Motor Group offers a good selection of vehicles and some great offers.

There may be some unexpected makes and models in the shortlist, but it is best not to judge the car on its shiny exterior. The next step is to arrange a test drive. With a new car, you don’t need to worry about the mechanics or wear and tear on the vehicle, so you can focus on the driving experience. If you predominantly drive on motorways, then ensure you get on a motorway during the test drive. If you have concerns about parking at the supermarket, or fitting your golf clubs into the boot, check these out too.

Sealing the Deal

Once your decision is made, you may be able to negotiate on price or what’s included in the purchase before sealing the deal. You will then have to complete all the relevant paperwork to put the car in your name. Make sure you leave the dealership with copies of that paperwork, along with the manual, V5C log book, warrantee and service history book. Then enjoy getting out on the road in your new car.


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