Car Buyers Guides
Advice and helpful tips to help you make an informed choice.
What do I need to know when buying a car?
Buying a used car can mean getting a great deal, but it’s important to know what you’re buying. Carrying out all of the checks listed below before you buy means you should avoid any surprises, so you can relax and enjoy the drive.
Electric vehicles – the future of motoring?
Buying an electric car can both be exciting and daunting. As well as the usual pre-purchase research, when it comes to electric cars here’s a handy checklist of the types of things you might need to consider.
Your car – it’s all in the detail
Once you've decided on the type of car to suit your lifestyle, there's a few more things to consider before you head out to buy.
Paint and trim
When choosing a colour, selecting something popular such as black or white may help with resale value; neutral colours have been safe choices for the past few years. It's also worth thinking about how the interior colour will complement the exterior. For interior trims, hard-wearing materials are advisable.
2 or 4 wheel drive?
Whether you pick front, rear, or all-wheel drive will depend on your car usage and driving style. Front wheel cars can understeer, and rear wheel drive cars can oversteer, so it's worth doing your research on the pros and cons of each type.
Internet connectivity and Bluetooth, in-built satnav, advanced audio systems and self-parking technology are among the latest must-haves. Choosing the right ones will mean your car is more desirable when you come to resell it. Decide which ones suit the type of car you are buying, for example, parking a large SUV with sensors or a camera is much easier.
Consider legroom but also passenger comfort, and whether the boot space is sufficient for you both now and in the future. Golf clubs, shopping, pushchairs and prams – will they fit? Flexible seating can allow you to configure the vehicle based on changing needs.
Enhanced safety features give you peace of mind, especially if you’ve got children. Airbags, in-built warning devices and anti-lock braking help to keep you and your passengers safe.
Whether you choose manual, automatic or semi-automatic is down to personal choice and the type of driving you do. If you drive long distances or around town, an automatic can give you an easier driving experience. A manual car makes a driver feel more connected, and could be a wise choice to retain value in certain sports cars.
Most manufacturers offer traditional petrol and diesel engines, with a trend to smaller engines with a turbo boost for increased fuel efficiency. Cleaner hybrid powertrain technology is increasingly popular, or for driving around town a pure electric car could be a cost-effective option
Drive a better deal
You don’t have to be a master negotiator to get a good deal on your next car purchase. Follow some golden rules and you will soon be driving your dream car off the forecourt.
Buying a new car can be exciting - how do I choose?
Making an informed decision will help you save on unnecessary expenses further down the line. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right car for you.
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