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5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Car

There are few events in life are more stressful or more exciting than purchasing a car. A vehicle is the most expensive item you are likely to purchase, second only to the purchase of a home. The five most important questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a car have been listed below.

Which style do you want?

In the early days of the automotive industry, there were only a few basic models to choose from. Modern consumers enjoy a wide selection of vehicles to choose from: sedans, sports cars, SUVs or hybridized versions of these options.

To determine which vehicle is best for you, study your driving habits to determine which vehicle really fits your needs. While you may enjoy the thrill of driving a Mercedes M-Class, a smaller Toyota Camry may be more appropriate for your 3-person family. Prospective buyers who are not yet proficient at driving should consider attending a driving school, such as North Shore Driving School Ltd, as a preliminary step to the purchasing process.

Do you want a used car or a new car?

The next question to consider is this: Do you want a pre-owned car or one that is brand new?

The primary advantage of purchasing a new car is that you are the first owner. That new-car smell lets you know that your car is here for you and will serve you well over its lifetime. However, new cars are very expensive and depreciate considerably in value over the first several years of ownership.

Because pre-owned cars are typically several years old, they are considerably less expensive than new cars. However, a used car may have been involved in one or more accidents, resulting in lasting internal damage that could shorten the lifespan of the car.

Do you know how to handle the car?

Each car handles differently. Ensuring that you can safely and carefully drive the car is an important step before committing to the purchase of the vehicle.

Will you have a warranty?

New cars tend to come with a manufacturer's warranty, but used cars do not always have such security. Ensure that you can obtain service for your car if it should fail in an un-reasonable timeframe.

How will you pay for it?

After all the documents have been signed, you must take the final step and commit to paying for the car. Cash is the cheapest option, but many people cannot afford to pay in this manner. Saving up in advance for the purchase of a car is a very smart idea.

Following the steps listed above can save you time and money during the car purchasing process.

Author: Lizzie Weakley

Written on Monday, February 2, 2015 by
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