How To Buy Your Next Car With Confidence
Over the years, I have bought many different cars. Some have been great; others have been terrible. They say that you can only learn how to buy a car without getting ripped off by going through the process a few times.
The downside to that piece of advice is that you will get ripped off along the way. I’d hate to see that happen to you. Which is why I have written today’s blog post just for you! If you are planning on buying a car soon, make sure you read this article in its entirety before you hand over any cash.
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Be cautious of sellers
It’s quite important that you exercise caution when you are buying a car. Most sellers are honest and will not try to rip you off. Unfortunately, there are a few rotten apples in this world that give the motor industry a bad name.
That goes for car dealers too, not just private sellers. With any car sale, you must always scrutinise the deal and not be afraid to ask questions. If you feel like the seller is trying to fob you off, walk away.
There will be other sellers that you can see, and you are under no obligation to buy a car from any seller, regardless of who they are.
And don’t be afraid to analyse their body language. You can learn a lot about a person from their body language, and it’s a great way of finding out whether they are lying to you about something.
Know your rights
The laws surrounding car sales vary from country to country. It’s worth finding out what the laws are where you are, and what legal protection you have in case things go wrong.
On a general level, you will have more legal protection if you buy from a car dealer rather than a private seller.
Paying for your car
Before you take your future car out for a test drive, you will need to think about how you are going to pay for it! Cash is the easiest way to pay for a car, and it means that you can get behind the wheel sooner rather than later.
If you don’t have the money, you will need to borrow it. The most-common way to pay for a car, after cash, is by financing it. Leasing is ideal for brand new cars, while hire purchase is good for used models.
Car dealers, such as Imperial Car Supermarket, offer finance facilities. That means you don’t need to go elsewhere to arrange your finance.
You might also want to consider borrowing the money from your bank or another financial establishment. Personal loans can sometimes offer better interest rates than car finance.
Used car history checks
I recommend you carry out some history checks on any used car that you buy. If you buy a used car and its previous owner reported it stolen, for example, you cannot keep the car by law.
Websites such as HPI let you check a car’s credentials out online.
Good luck with your next car buy!