The car market has burgeoned over the years and though fluctuations in the economy tend to affect the rate at which they move, new cars are being inducted into the market at an unprecedented pace. This process of choosing one out of a veritable smorgasbord of models is an uphill task. The immensity of the task is amplified in the case of those buying a car for the first time. For those confused on how to choose the right model your first time buying a car, here are a few tips to consider in order to narrow down the field.
Buying a car can be cakewalk, but choosing the right model is an essential first step in the process. First-time buyers need to be all the more cautious since your first car sets the tone for the choices you make in the future. So here are the following tips which you must take care of.
1. WHAT KIND OF CAR YOU NEED
You must be very clear as to what class of car it is that will best service your requirements. Think for a moment about the purpose of your car, the kind of driving you intend to do with it (long or short), and the number of people you need to transport on a regular basis. Here are few other things which you need to take into account:
- Manual or automatic transmission car
- The amount of boot space you require
- How much style or cosmetic factors matter
- Big or small car to fit in your garage
2. WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
The cost of a car can make or break a deal. In a cost-conscious country such as ours, manufacturers are always selling on price and queue up discounts during the festive season. You’ll have to think about financing your purchase or leasing it if you cannot afford to fund the purchase yourself. Going by the rules, not more than 20 percent of your monthly pay is to be allocated to towards your car payment every month. Both leasing and buying have their own advantages.
If you buy a car, you can sell it whenever you want. It is more beneficial to own a car when interest rates are low and to not have to switch cars. In a case that is less frequent, if you decide to lease a car you can drive home an expensive car at a lower cost. This means slightly higher costs over the long run but also offers to leverage to try different models.
3. PURPOSE OF BUYING THE CAR
This is a crucial factor as to why are you buying a car- depending on whether it’s intended for a family, commercial purposes or for personal use. If it’s for family use, buyers should opt for a spacious car with an intensive interior package such as comfortable seats, sufficient leg and head room and with good safety controls. For commercial purpose a car which offers good mileage, powerful engine to resist heavy workload and ease of maintenance is the way to go.
Finally, when it comes to a car that is for personal use, you can let yourself go. A wide range of cars with elegant looks, stylish exteriors and a powerful engine exist in the market and it comes down to which one captured your fancy.
4. GO FOR A TEST DRIVE
Getting a feel for the car is imperative before taking a call on it. Intimate the dealer by phone or e-mail before meeting him in person. Ask them whether the specific model that you are searching for is currently present in stock. Make sure to mention that the intention of the test drive is to simply put the car through its paces and see for yourself if it caters to all your requirements. Make sure to set an appointment with a manager rather a salesperson to avoid lengthy negotiations in order to save both money and time.
5. CONSIDER ALL VEHICLES IN THE CLASS
You might have set your mind on a particular car but in today’s world of competition, new cars are hitting showrooms rapidly. The cars which you may not consider, may turn out to be the one that were best suited for you. Keep favorites at the top of your list but give the other contenders in the class more than a cursory glance. Once you feel that you have found a perfect match for yourself, check the detailed information regarding factors such as pricing, features, specifications and on road tests.
If you have missed the Part 1 of this article click here: Car Buyers Guide