Buying a new car? Read our guide

Buying A New Car? Read Our Guide

September is one of the busiest times for buying a new car, so ahead of the “66” vehicle registration next month, Perrys has the following advice for you during the purchase process.

Protection

Buying a car face-to-face or online through a dealer, like Perrys, offers you the most protection with the least worry. Also, by choosing to buy from a retailer, you are totally covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Test-drive

The best way to know if a vehicle is right for you is to drive it. A test-drive also allows you to see if it will fit in with your needs. In other words, it will help make clear the specification, trim and room that you and your family want. Pop into Perrys to take a car for a test-run!

Warranty & Servicing

A car’s warranty can vary in length, depending on the marque. There is a misconception that the warranty can become null and void if a vehicle is serviced outside of the dealer network. If a garage follows the motor-manufacturer’s prescribed servicing schedule and uses genuine components during the servicing, this won’t be the case.

Budget

It is not only about being able to purchase the vehicle, but equally important are the longer term costs for running a car. Look at the fuel consumption figures, road tax (for vehicles emitting above 100g/km CO2), the insurance group, servicing and parts. Finance agreements are now the most popular way of purchasing a car, and you should think about affordability, as circumstances may change, and payments could become harder to make.

Negotiation

When you are ready to go and buy a car, the price on the vehicle’s windscreen is often indicative. Sales staff sometimes have some room for negotiation, so it is worth having a chat about a possible reduction, or if other costs, such as delivery, can be included as part of the package.

Part Exchange

Trading in a car can be a good way of reducing the overall cost of a new vehicle. There are lots of resources available on the internet, such as Parkers, that will enable you to get an idea of what constitutes a fair price, based on your car’s mileage, age and overall condition.

Breakdown & Insurance Cover

Some new vehicle deals include breakdown assistance, as well as temporary “drive away insurance” to provide immediate cover when leaving the dealership. Nonetheless, it’s worth shopping about for a breakdown and insurance policy that meets your requirements and budget.