Finding your next car is a huge undertaking and choosing a car can be daunting, that’s why we’ve come up with these top questions for you to ask yourself at the beginning of your car buying journey. Before you even begin to consider makes and models, which car dealer to choose and especially what colour you want your next ride to come in there are some important factors to consider.
What’s your budget?
Before you can even begin to think about what type of car you want you’ll need to consider your budget. This is arguably the most important factor in choosing your next car and will entirely dictate what make and model you choose. While your options are limited by your budget, setting a tight budget and sticking to it will help you choose the perfect car for you and your family without causing you a headache over financial burdens later on. While you don’t want to consider your car breaking down or having issues, you will need to factor in that possibility before making your purchase. What budget can you realistically stick to? Don’t be optimistic or pessimistic when asking yourself this question but be realistic. What can you really afford?
New or used?
In order to stick to your budget you may need to purchase a used car. Thankfully when purchasing used over new within a particular budget, you’re likely to end up with a much better make and model than if buying new from a dealer. If you’re worried about buying used consider purchasing an almost new model. Many companies, schools and other organisations get rid of their fleet after just one or two years of use, meaning you can pick up a near new car for a greatly reduced price. This is just one of the ways you can easily stick to your budget when buying a new car.
Does everyone agree?
Likely, your next car won’t just be used by yourself only. If your family is intending to use the car as well then you’ll need to consider their wants as well as your own. Consider what your next vehicle is primarily going to be used for and forget those once off trips for now. What is your daily drive going to be like? Will you be dropping off the kids, taking the dog to the park or just driving in and out of the city for work? These are all important considerations to make before deciding on the type of car you’ll need. If it’s just for short trips around the city you’ll likely want something small and compact to get around in. If on the other hand it’s a kid-mover and you need space for the pooch too, you’ll likely be considering SUVs, station wagons, etc.
Whatever your needs we hope these tips and questions will help you on your journey to finding your next car that suits you and your family perfectly. Good luck!