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5 things to consider when buying a new car

Break open the champagne and high-fives all round!

The time has finally arrived for you to start thinking about that much dreamed about new car. The roads are full of tempting delights whizzing past you like sparkling gems of all colours and you have, in all likelihood, changed your mind repeatedly as to which brand, colour and type of car will take pride of place in your driveway – the envy of the neighbours, and the delight of young boys everywhere.

Amidst all the excitement however, the small voice of reason must be heeded.

You know the one which whispers to you to sit down and logically decide the difference between your wants and what you practically need. Buying a car is a huge commitment both financially and emotionally, so it pays to make a checklist of what will satisfy your needs both in the short and long term. Let’s have a look at a few things to look for when contemplating your next car purchase.

Brokerage buying – calling in the experts

One ideal way to ensure that you get the car you want at the best price, all while avoiding pushy salesmen, is to deal with a car broker. A company such as Cars & Co Car Brokers Australia will actually source your dream car, to your specifications, deliver it and guarantee to save you thousands of dollars. Apart from the convenience of these services, it also has the added benefit of taking you a step back from your emotions. This enables you to make a decision untainted by the temptation to make an impulse purchase or to be influenced by a well-rehearsed sales pitch.

Lifestyle versus luxury

If I had my way, every car I purchased would be a 2 seater convertible.

Unfortunately, my lifestyle – the parent of 3 kids, doesn’t lend itself to sleek luxury styling when it comes to cars. Consideration needs to be given to the practicalities of day to day life. Perhaps the sporty convertible is perfect for you right now or, just possibly, it is something to aspire to when the nest is empty and practicality can go out the window.

Budget blues

Very few of us can afford to ignore a budget, however we are all apt to blow it when emotions come into the equation. Falling in love with a car that you know you can’t afford is almost a given if you decide to do the legwork and visit car yards. The only solution to this issue is to do as suggested above and utilise the services of a broker or take along someone with a cooler and wiser head than yours.

Size and sensibility

The size of a vehicle not only affects your capacity for moving people and goods, but will also have a direct bearing on your fuel economy. If looking for a larger vehicle, consider the benefits of a diesel engine or a hybrid.

Resale ramifications – buying a winner

Finally, you need to consider your car purchase as a long term investment.

Rarely do cars increase in value, but one can limit the damage by selecting a car which would have a wide appeal once it comes time to upgrade. Bright garish colours, fuel sapping V8’s and exotic cars with hard to source spare parts are just a few areas where mature choices will pay off in the long term.

Buying a car should be an enjoyable process, full of possibilities and dreams.

Choosing wisely and doing your research can greatly assist in the process. There are a myriad of online reviews, recommendations, magazine articles and tv shows – all directed at making your choices simpler. So get to it and before you know it, you will be sliding in behind the wheel of your next favourite car. Enjoy!

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