5 Things To Look Out For When Car Shopping

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Buying a new car can be exciting, but also pretty daunting. If you’re clueless about what to look for, you could end up with a poor deal. Make sure you get your money’s worth and a car you love with AP Diesels’ five top tips.

Don’t Get Pressured by Salespeople

Car Salespeople are notorious for being pushy with their sales techniques. Don’t get caught out in the showroom by a hard-sell approach. Even if you’re met with a fantastic deal, it could be too good to be true. Always take some time to think about your decision and if you’re there just to browse, be sure to be direct about this. 

Do Your Research

If you have a specific make and model in mind that you’re considering buying, check what current owners have to say about it. If a car has been on the market for at least a few years, you’ll get more well-rounded reviews from owners. Find out what issues they’ve come across and compare with other models you’re considering. No matter how small the issues may be, whether it’s the size of a cup holder or the power of the engine, remember it’s all about what’s important to you and your lifestyle. If you don’t need a really powerful engine but your cup holder needs to fit your grande cappuccino then look for exactly that! Don’t become persuaded by features you don’t need. 

Know your Payment Options

Before buying a car it’s a wise idea to check your credit score.  Once you know your score you will be able to check what payment options are available to you and then consider the most sensible option for your financial condition. However, you choose to pay for your car, whether it’s cash, finance or a leasing agreement be sure you choose an option that is manageable and affordable. Think about how paying for your vehicle will affect your finances long-term. For some people, leasing a vehicle is the best option as they like to keep up with current trends for an affordable price. For others, saving on monthly payments is important and therefore they prefer to pay cash. 

Always Test Drive

Whether you’re buying a new or a used car, taking it for a test drive is always a must. If you’re buying a used car, the current owner should be happy for you to give it a spin. If you’re buying from a dealership, some companies even offer full-day test driving so you can really get a feel for how the car will fit your lifestyle. Buying online from a financing or leasing company can be a bit trickier however; usually the cars come directly from the manufacturers so test driving isn’t an option. In that case, you may be able to arrange a test drive with the same make and model at your local dealership.

Consider Practicality

Unless you’re buying a car purely for its looks, practicality is a huge factor to consider when car shopping. Flashy sports cars look fantastic, but they can be a nightmare when it comes to fitting car seats. On the contrary, a big car is great for big families, but if you just need something that will get you from A to B, then a bigger model will only rack up a hefty fuel bill each month. If you have your heart set on a particular model, really think about how it will support your lifestyle. Consider the size of the boot. The practicality of the doors, the space in the back and even the height (elderly people find it difficult to climb in and out of higher cars).

Final Word

There are, of course, many more factors to consider when buying a car. However, we believe that these five principals are the most important. Use these tips to lead you in making the best car buying decision. They will help save yourself money and time, and above all, find the car that’s right for you.

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AP Diesels specialise in diesel injectors and diesel pumps and are a manufacturer-approved diesel repair centre. 

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