Tips for Buying a Car

Buying a second hand car is never easy, you never quite know what you're going to get until you're the owner. Follow these tips for buying a new car


Beware of Bargains

If a deal sounds too good to be true, it almost always is. Be weary of prices that seem to low compared to similar cars. It can be a sign of the seller trying to get rid of the car quickly because they know something you don't like a mechanical problem or accident damage

Be Patient

Unless you urgently need a car, it's worth spending some time shopping around. The perfect car for you might not be for sale this week, but it might be next week. And when you've found a car that you're interested in, don't rush into buying it, think about it for a day or two, do some research online and find out as much info as you can about that model

Get the Car Checked

If you don't know a lot about cars it's a good idea to get the car looked over by a mechanic or by the AA. Even if it costs you a small amount of money, it might save you thousands of Rands in the long run

Set Your Budget

Buying a car can be an exciting experience, and often when we are excited about something we make bad choices. Don't buy a car for more than you budgeted for, pick a budget that you can comfortably afford and stick to it

Negotiate

Most dealerships will allow for negotiating of the price of the car. You can easily save a few thousand Rand by offering a lower price than what the seller is asking

Research

Before buying a car make sure you research as much as you can online about that particular make and model, such as fuel consumption, potential mechanical issues etc. Also get a quote from a few insurance companies to see what the insurance costs will be, some models have high insurance costs for their prices


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