Things to Consider When Buying a New Car

 By Amy Sawyer

2010 Dodge Challenger

2010 Dodge Challenger

When buying a new vehicle it's important to consider all aspects of driving that are of importance to you before you make your choice. Not only is how the car handles important, but you should also consider what you will use it for in terms of travel and transport. The below list will give you some idea of what you should think through before making your choice.

Firstly, figure out what type of car will suit your lifestyle. If you transport kids on a regular basis you probably need a different car to a couple who only use the car for their weekly shop. Some people need lots of luggage space or space for their dog, while others might need a frugal diesel car as they use their car for long commutes. So it's important to sit down and think about your own lifestyle and make sure you get the right fit in terms of size and economy. Also make sure you decide on a budget and stick to it. Don't get lured in by a dealer who might be trying to up-sell you.

After you've located potential makes and models you like make sure the cars are as a good as they seem on paper. In addition to the buying costs you also have to look at how much a car costs to run in terms of insurance, road tax, fuel, servicing and repairs. You should also consider the car's resale value if you buy a car new. In general it will have lost around 40 percent of its value by the end of its first year but some popular car models might only lose about 10 percent.

Finally, make sure you test drive your chosen vehicle before you commit to anything. This will ensure you're comfortable and will enjoy driving the car. Take your time as the more you drive the car the more you discover about it and how it handles. Don't feel pressured to buy a car just because you have test drove it, make sure you drive more than one car to compare.

Then once you've test driven the car of your choice based on your current lifestyle and spending power, it's time to make the deal - whether it's for a new Seat Alhambra or a Ford Ka. Kent is one area where you should find dealerships happy to assist you in your next purchase.

Amy Sawyer is an online marketing executive currently researching Ford KA Kent.

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