New car buying tips and advice

New car buying tips and advice

by Helen Jackson |
posted 29 August 2018

With new registrations coming out in September, many people are in the market for a new car but they don’t necessarily know where to start. There are so many things to consider. You need to know whether you want a manual or an automatic car. When it comes to fuel, it is important to decide whether diesel or petrol is the option for you - or perhaps an electric or hybrid vehicle is better suited? Researching exactly what options and features you want is the first step in the car buying process. It is important that you know exactly what you want.

Here are some other handy car buying tips to help you make an important decision regarding your new car. This guide is designed to ensure that all the decisions you make regarding your car are informed and understood.

The car industry is a busy one. Full of a wide range of companies and organisations involved in the design, development and manufacture of cars, it is one of the world’s most important economic sectors. There are so many companies making cars out there that it can be difficult to know exactly where to start. Some makes and models are best suited to families, others are best suited to a single person.

Stats from a recent BBC News article show that the industry has seen a drastic decline in diesel purchases in recent years. They fell by 37% in March 2018 compared to March 2017. Demand in 2017 was 17% less than in recent years. According to some recent statistics, only 153,594 diesel vehicles were registered in March 2018, compared to 244,593 the year before. It certainly seems that customers are opting for petrol-fuelled vehicles instead of diesel vehicles.

Stats from the SMMT also show that petrol sales increased - but only slightly - by 3% and while hybrid and EV sales did grow by 35%, they still only took up 4.7% of the market - which is just 119,000 vehicles. 71,000 of these vehicles were parallel hybrids, 34,000 plug-in hybrids and just 13,500 pure electric vehicles were registered in 2017.

What car buying options are there for me?

When you make the decision to buy a new car, it is important to consider exactly how you are going to finance this purchase and where you are going to purchase your vehicle from.

There are two ways that you can choose to buy your new car - privately or through a dealership. Privately means getting in contact with someone who is selling their car themselves with no middleman. This is a great option if you want to avoid the buying fees you may incur at a dealership, but this does mean you would have to pay outright - there are no finance options this way, so you would need to make sure you have the money available.

You can also choose to use a dealership. This is a better option if you don’t have the right amount of cash available right now as you can apply for finance and if accepted, spread the payments out over a period of time. There may be some fees incurred by using a dealership, however. It is important to know exactly what you are paying for so check through the terms and conditions and your paperwork thoroughly.

How can I get the best deal on my new car?

It makes sense that you will want to get the best deal whether you are buying privately or through a dealership. But how exactly can you ensure that you are getting a good deal? Buying privately means a deal is less likely as the vendor may be set on price but it is always worth trying.

If you are buying privately, you need to first make sure you are doing a car data check - just to check that you aren’t being scammed. It is very unlikely but doing this will reassure you that the car is exactly as the seller says it is, that it hasn’t been cloned or written off or any other negative factors which may affect a purchase. Ensure the ad gives you every detail you could ever want to know - a lack of information will generally be negative and you should avoid buying the car.

You need to take it for a test drive and inspect it for any marks or dents that have been left out of the advert. You want to get the best deal for your money, so you don’t want to pay out for something that you aren’t getting. Make sure that you bring any problems up with the vendor before the sale - this may lead to a decrease in price.

If you choose to buy from a dealership, then there are many ways to ensure you get the best deal. First of all, you get a degree of protection and backup when buying from a dealership. You will have good sales staff who are willing to help you and get the best deal for you. They may even track down the perfect car for you if you can’t find one on site.

Plenty of car dealerships also offer some incentives when buying from them. It generally doesn’t matter if you are buying outright or using finance - the incentives usually apply to all purchases. If the garage claims to offer free cover from certain road recovery services for a set amount of time, there is no harm in asking if this is included in your purchase. Often, even if it isn’t originally included in your deal, a dealership may be willing to give it to you. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

Always haggle. The staff may say they aren’t able to give something for free or at a discounted rate, but they don't want to lose the sale of a new car so are usually open to some negotiation. Whether it is free cover, a slight discount on the final price or just a free item such as a floor mat, try and get more for your money.

When it comes to tips for buying a new car, there are another few ways to make sure you come out with a good deal too - try walking away, even if you really want the car. If the staff have to chase you for the sale, they are more likely to throw in extras at no extra price or perhaps with a slight discount. They will also try tricks to stop you from haggling - don’t fall for them. A classic technique is to stay silent as negotiations end in the hope that you accept their price - call their bluff by trying to negotiate the price down a little.

What can I expect on the day of delivery and collection?

Now you have bought your car, you are going to be anxiously waiting for it to arrive or for the time that you have to collect it. What can you expect on this day? No matter how much buying advice you read, this is always a tense but exciting time, so you want to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.

It is important you remain calm and collected for delivery or collection day. You should expect to check over the car to ensure it is exactly how it was when you originally agreed to the sale - make sure to examine the bodywork and interior for any damage or fresh paint from when you originally looked at it.  Check over your paperwork to ensure everything is correct - the price, the finance agreement if you have opted for this purchase option, that the vehicle listed on the paperwork is the vehicle right in front of you. If you are happy with it, then you can exchange the paperwork and be the fully-fledged owner of your new car.

But what happens if you aren’t happy with your purchase? If there is some damage that you don’t remember seeing, ask to see the pre-delivery inspection (PDI) forms which should say what was checked and if any work was carried out. If there is a problem with the car, you need to make sure that you reject it straight away as it is a breach of contract if it isn’t exactly what you ordered. If you choose to accept it then complain about the problems, they cannot be held responsible for this breach any longer as you accepted - therefore it is so important to check every aspect of the purchase before you leave the dealership or take the keys from the person dropping it off.

How can I sell my car?

Many people when buying a new car then look to sell their used car. There are a variety of ways that this can be done - privately, to a dealership, at auction. Overwhelmed by options? This is where we can help! So many people ask, ‘how can I sell my car?’ but don’t have the time in their busy schedules to meet with potential buyers privately or take it to an auction or dealership.

We offer an alternative car buying service with our unique selling point - we come to you! We are available to come to you seven days a week, so you can be sure that we will come at a time best suited to you. We will buy any car so why not get a free valuation with us today?

But how can you arrange for your car to be sold to us?

Simply fill in our online valuation form to get your free instant valuation, then we’ll call you to arrange an appointment that best suits you. This appointment can be at your home or even at your place of work if required - a quick lunch break appointment in a busy schedule if needed. We will offer instant payment for the vehicle before the purchaser leaves. A final price will be given after a thorough inspection of the vehicle.

Our website offers more information, but you can get a quick insight into the value of your vehicle before arranging an appointment. You just need to submit your registration on the site and click to get an instant car valuation. This will bring up the car details and then we will simply ask for a few more details such as mileage and your contact details before sending through a valuation.

This isn’t binding, and you can choose to leave the site at any time. However, if the online valuation is agreeable, all you need to do is click the accept button. A member of our team will then call you to arrange a vehicle inspection where a final offer will be made, based on the condition of the vehicle, mileage, paperwork and the current market prices.

Buying a car - and selling your old one - really couldn’t be any easier!

Get your free instant valuation now.



Helen Jackson
Helen Jackson

Helen is part of the marketing team here at Money4yourMotors. Helen oversees a wide range of marketing activities including social media and content creation.