7 Mistakes Lots of People Make When Buying a New Car

According to statistics, most drivers change their car once every 8 years, which is a pretty long period of time. We want to make this time spent with our “iron friend” as comfortable as possible. We also want to reduce situations where we have to repair it.

7. You don’t think about resale value.

One day, you’ll probably decide to sell your car. That’s why you have to take some important features into consideration. First, the car brand matters: there are brands that are more or less popular among drivers. Second, you need to think about the vehicle specifications and the engine. Third, don’t forget about its color. It’s easier to sell white, black, or silver cars than ones that are bright colors.

6. Car maintenance can be expensive.

Many people only take price into consideration. They don’t think about further technical service, insurance, or other expenses. Year by year, these expenses will increase and they might not agree with your salary. That’s why you have to think about everything thoroughly so that your car won’t become your family’s problem.

5. You buy a brand new car.

Try not to buy a car that has just been released. For the first 3 years a company gathers information regarding all issues and defects and improvements for the future cars to make them more reliable. The best choice is a car model that is no more than 3 years old and already well-known.

4. You don’t examine the car.

When you choose a car, don’t trust your salesman’s words only. Even though they’re professionals, they’re interested in selling cars to increase their bottom line and make a commission. Gather as much information as possible, consult an independent specialist, and test drive your chosen car. Examine everything to help yourself make the right decision.

3. You miss advantageous offers and discounts.

The best time to buy a car starts in December and reaches its peak in March. During this period, there are a lot of discounts and offers at auto dealerships. Additionally, there’s a bonus at the end of the year: the dealerships are trying to get rid of last year’s models so it’s easier negotiate a lower price.

2. You don’t try to lower the price.

Try to call or send emails to different dealerships saying you have a better offer and asking if they can beat it. The rivalry between dealers is very high and they might give you a better price if they feel that they need to win over the customer.

1. You’re in a hurry.

Don’t be in to much of a hurry to purchase a vehicle. Remember that you may regret a premature decision in the long run. Spend enough time gathering information, consulting specialists, and weighing the pros and cons.

If you want to get acquainted with a certain model better without agressive salesmen, visit a car dealership at the end of their work day. All of these tips will help you make the right decision.

Please note: This article was updated in March 2023 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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