Buying A New Car? Here’s What To Consider

Buying a new car can be an exciting experience. But it’s important to bear a few things in mind before making a decision…

How are you Paying?

When it comes to purchasing a new car, the first thing to think about is how you’re paying for it. Will you be making a cash purchase, going for finance or opting for a lease contract? The answer, naturally, depends on your own circumstances; but you should think critically about what makes the most financial sense for you, especially in light of the cost-of-living crisis.

What’s the Waiting Time?

New cars don’t grow on trees, they have to be manufactured and then shipped to consumers. This takes time but, as of now, the automotive industry is in the grip of major parts shortages. It’s not uncommon to have to wait in excess of six months to get hold of a new vehicle. Bear this in mind before making a purchase.

What do you Need from a Car? 

Everyone has an idea of what their dream car would be if money weren’t an option. If it weren’t, we’d see a lot more supercars on the road network. However, as desirable as these cars may be, they’re not exactly practical for most of us. Think about your needs as a driver. Do you really need a bulky SUV, or will a supermini suffice? Prioritise features that have utility.

How Safe is it?

A major consideration when buying a new car is that of safety. Most modern vehicles are, generally speaking, safe. But nowadays emphasis is on continuous improvements and safety standards are being raised all of the time. It’s always worth looking at how a given model has been rated by likes of Euro NCAP.

What’s its Environmental Impact?

The transport sector is the largest source of harmful emissions in the world, and car’s are the primary contributor within it. We all have a responsibility to think about the environmental consequences of our choices as consumers. In which case, consider the emissions your desired model produces.

How Does it Drive? 

You may love how a car looks, but it could well be a burden to actually drive. You should always, without exception, take car for a test drive before putting money on the table. Think about how it handles, how comfortable its interior is and whether you can see yourself zipping up and down the country in it for years to come.

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