Before buying a new car, you should ask yourself.
1) Can you afford it? - It seems like an obvious question but
many people just look at what it will cost to actually buy the car. Here are
some of the pitfalls:
- Insuring a Car
- If you buy a newer, more expensive car, chances are that your car
insurance costs are going to increase. Can you afford the hike in your
car insurance premium?
- Fuel Costs
- Modern Cars are more fuel efficient and in many like for like comparisons a
newer model will use less fuel but - Bigger engines = bigger petrol bills. If
you commute to work, you should sit down and figure out what your fuel bills
will be with a bigger engine.
- Servicing Costs
- Servicing costs vary wildly from manufacturer, how much is a typcial service
for the model you're looking at and can you afford that every year?
- Road Tax - Check the Road Tax cost of the car you
intend to purchase - Your current car may qualify for a lower rate of road tax,
can you afford to pay the next tier up if necessary?
2) Why do you need a new car? - Do you just fancy something different
or is there a specific reason that you're looking for a new car. If you're
buying it for a specific purpose such as carrying around equipment for a hobby
or your profession, you'll need to ensure that the model you're looking at will
fulfill your needs.
Many families look at a new car to carry
around the kids, but is the car you're looking at safe? There is a rating
process that new cars go through to determine how safe they are called NCAP.
These tests involve crashing the car in some of the most common road accident
scenarios and seeing how the car and it's passengers would far.
3) Second Hand or New? - Do you want this years latest model or
would your rather spend a little less and get more for your money. One issue
with buying a new car is that you will lose a great deal of value in the first
few years of ownership, very often you car will be worth just half of what you
paid for it after 3 years. On the flip side, some companies will offer you a
years worth of car insurance which means you woudn't need to worry about
insuring your car. Of couse this should not be a primary factor in making your
4) Who will drive it? - This
should also be a major consideration because if your children will be driving
it, insuring a car for young people can be very expensive. The
reason for this is insurers get very nervous when young inexperienced drivers
are placed behind the wheel of an expensive new car because there is a good
chance they will have an accident.