What You Need to Know Before Buying a New Car

Although very exciting, the process of buying a new car is difficult, complicated and can be potentially
punishing. If you think that you can afford a new set of wheels, the last thing you should do is make a
rash decision and buy the first vehicle that catches your eye. In truth, this task is best taken on
cautiously and with a lot of preparation.
Knowing what you need
One of the biggest mistakes that overly enthusiastic drivers tend to make is looking for the car that they
‘want’. It’s great when your wants and your needs overlap, but, in most cases, the two will be worlds
apart, and you’re the one who needs to make the right choice. Obviously, your needs should always be
the number one factor in buying a new car, regardless of the reasoning behind it. If you need a minivan,
a regular-sized car simply won’t do the trick. If you need a jeep, buying a luxury sedan won’t play well
with the type of terrain you’re going to be driving on, and this can easily lead to breakdowns and,
therefore, monetary loss.
Take consolation in the fact that the grass will always be greener on the other side, even if you get what
you want.
It’s okay to want
Despite what was previously stated, loving your vehicle is hugely important and, although you can’t go
wild and buy a hatchback for a family of 6, indulging in some of your wants is perfectly acceptable.
For example, if you’re trying to make up your mind between two or more vehicles with a similar price
range and gas consumption, you are allowed to go “wild” and choose the least budget-friendly vehicle of
the bunch (as long as the discrepancies aren’t huge). Why? Well, you don’t want to end up regretting
your decision for years to follow.
Every car brand has its own perks
Although car brand perception is important, it is less important in terms of purchasing a vehicle than
people think. The reasoning behind this is that the general customer perception of a brand usually
doesn’t have a lot to do with the actual qualities that a particular car offers.
This has a lot to do with brand loyalty – customers tend to be infatuated with a brand, which may cause
low-satisfaction purchases in the long run. As a rule of thumb, you should opt for a vehicle that satisfies
your work, family capacity and safety aims, rather than focusing on quality, performance, design style,
environmental friendliness, etc.
Safety
Road safety should always be your number one aim when choosing your next vehicle; everything else
pales in significance when compared to it. This includes the number of airbags, traction control, antilock
brakes, tire-pressure monitors, safety-belt features, as well as newer safety features, such as accident
avoidance systems.
Things that are easily replaceable, such as tires and brake disks should not be included into this equation
– you can get quality disk brakes for an affordable price from experts, such as DBA. Keep in mind
though, that postponing equipping your new vehicle with all the features that you are planning on installing puts everyone on the road at risk – from pedestrians and other drivers, to passengers and even
yourself.
Know your warranty
Many car purchasers are deterred from buying from reliable dealers, solely owing to the fact that they
don’t know whether approaching the main dealer to service the vehicle is the only way to go. There is
no reason for confusion here – if you are paying for services, you aren’t obligated to service at those
dealers; simple as that.
Keeping these pre-purchasing tips in mind is key to being satisfied with your choice of car. Make sure to
know what you need, but don’t be afraid to fulfill some of your wishes. Focus on the actual needs, not
on trivial factors and always keep safety first!