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How to buy a car

How to buy a car


Buying a car – even a cheap one – is a major
investment, so be sure to give it the due process it deserves. Whether you’re buying a new or used vehicle,
these golden rules apply. First car, family car, offroad or sports car? Consider how you use your car and what you
need from it – two or four doors? Sedan, hatch, wagon or SUV? Surf boards or yoga mats? This kind of real world thinking will help
narrow your initial search. Or at least a price range. This further narrows your search and gives
you some clear boundaries for what you can and can’t afford. Sad but true. Setting a budget is one thing, but don’t
forget the running costs associated with owning a car. Insurance, registration, fuel and maintenance
– all of which can add hundreds to your annual outlay. And if you’re negotiating finance, be sure
you fully understand the numbers, not just your monthly commitments. The internet is your friend. Jump on Carsales.com.au or motoring.com.au
to hear what the experts and owners say about the cars on your shortlist. Also, talk to friends and family who have
had experience in buying cars. You need to get behind the wheel to truly
understand the feel of a car – and if it’s right for you. How are the ergonomics, can you get comfortable? What about the visibility? Is the steering heavy, light etc. Don’t buy a car without driving it. If you’re buying a used car, get an expert
to inspect it for you – to avoid unexpected problems down the track. RedBook Inspect provides a mobile vehicle
inspection and report that includes road tests, photos and a CarFacts history report. And remember if it sounds to good to be true,
it probably is! If you approach buying a car with a good plan
of attack, armed with the right information with tools like carsales,com.au, you’re
much more likely to end up with the right car. Good luck!

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