Not everyone is blessed with being a natural born petrol head. For some of us, a car is nothing more than a means of getting from A to B. However, there are certain aspects of car ownership that you need to adhere to. No one wants to get stuck with a lemon. If you are a complete novice when it comes to cars, get a pal to go with you when you are viewing a vehicle. A smarmy and unscrupulous car salesperson can spot motoring vulnerability from across the forecourt. Take a look at what you should be looking for in your next set of wheels.
If you are looking to get a good deal on a used motor, don’t be tempted to buy privately. While you can save money this way, you won’t receive any warranty as you will be buying sold as seen. Instead, go with a reputable used car trader. Take a look at the vehicles and do some research on your chosen models. The cars with smaller engines and less power tend to be cheaper to insure. This is handy, especially if you don’t have many years no claims bonus. Also, check out the fuel economy of a vehicle. If it guzzles diesel like it’s going out of fashion, you’ll be spending a small fortune on fuel. Alternatively, you could opt for a hybrid. Yes, these are more expensive to purchase initially, but they will pay for themselves in just a few years. There are zero fuel costs as these reliable motors run on rechargeable batteries.
If you have a small brood, the chances are that you want a set of wheels that keeps your little darlings safe. Even if you are a defensive driver, you cannot account for the actions of other road users. This means a collision could occur through no fault of yours. Ensure that you head to the Euro NCAP website to check out car safety ratings. Go for those cars with five stars and ensure you have side impact bars, ABS and blind spot detectors as a bare minimum.
Everyone wants a reliable car. While some makes and models are renowned for being more reliable than others, it really does come down to the individual car. This is why you need to test drive before you buy. This is where your more knowledgeable pal comes in. Don’t chat to the car dealer when driving and listen out for any odd sounds. The chances are that the creaking or whirring that you can hear should be happening. Ask the dealer about it, and if you smell a rat, walk away. Look under the bonnet and ask about service history. If there isn’t any, this could be telling. Don’t be afraid to travel to find a car. If you find your perfect motor in the next state, interstate transport companies can deliver it to you for a small fee. Look under the bonnet and ask about service history. If there isn’t any, this could be telling.
Buying a car is rife with potential pitfalls if you know nothing about vehicles. While the most important factor for you might be the color of the set of wheels, you need to look more at the economy, safety and reliability of a motor to ensure that you get a great car sat on your driveway.