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Written By: admin on July 25, 2013 No Comment

Compulsory car insurance is a fact of life and insurers know it. Fortunately there is a decent amount of competition, which means that there are options for keeping costs down. Here are some tips to save your pennies.

Start saving early

There is one factor common to almost all car insurance companies; premiums are substantially lower if you pay annually than if you pay monthly. Ideally you should therefore have the money ready when your insurance is due to run out. If you really can't, you could try taking out a credit card with an interest-free period on new purchases and then making sure you pay off the insurance before this period runs out. There are limits to how often you can do this so do whatever you can to get the money ready out of savings.

Use cash back sites

Everybody knows to shop around and everybody knows that some of the major insurers do not allow their data to be used by comparison sites. Once you've narrowed your possible policies down to a short-list, bearing in mind that price is not the only criterion for buying insurance, have a look on the cash back sites, such as Quidco, to see if there are more savings to be made.

Think about black box insurance

Black box insurance means that the insurer will fit a tracking device to your car and base your premium on how you drive. While this does have overtones of Big Brother, the alternative point of view is that there is so much CCTV in the UK that a black box makes very little difference to your privacy but can make a whole world of difference to your premiums. This is particularly likely in the case of younger drivers, whom insurance companies generally view as a very poor risk. The other benefit is that is your car does get stolen; it is simple to trace it.

In a way, there's a strong argument for saying that black boxes are just an extension of the sort of strategies motorists have long used to lower their premiums, such as fitting car alarms and immobilizers and making arrangements for secure storage. They just use modern technology to do so.

Get the right level of insurance cover

There are essentially three major branches of motor insurance cover. They are: third party; third party, fire and theft and fully comprehensive.

Third party is required by law, anything else is optional. It is important to tread carefully when considering enhanced cover and to have a complete understanding of what is and is not included in the cover.

For example, insurance against theft is unlikely to cover you for the full purchase price of the car, instead, the insurance company will use their book value, which may be significantly less. Hence it can be helpful to take out gap insurance from directgap.co.uk to cover the difference. Likewise fully comprehensive insurance is intended to cover accidental damage to your car, but it may or may not include breakdown cover.

The author is a professional writer, translator and penny-pincher. When not working she is often to be seen out and about with her collie dog. Otherwise she's likely to be taking photographs, playing poker or backgammon or reading books be Ian Rankin or Terry Pratchett. One of these days, she's going to write a novel.

Written By: admin on July 11, 2013 No Comment

If you are looking for instaVIN reviews to help you make your decision on which vehicle history report provider to go with, look no further! It is here that you will be able to get a sense of how instaVIN has positively affected the used car buying experiences for so many satisfied customers across the country. You will also learn that instaVIN doesn’t just offer vehicle history reports, but also an entire menu of products and services to serve your needs. To start matters off, it may be helpful for you to know that instaVIN is based out of San Diego, California and was founded over five years ago. They generate their car data from only the finest sources that include the NMVTIS, fire and insurance records, the state DMV, data aggregators and several proprietary sources.

The NMVTIS is a crucial database to source data from because it is the only vehicle history database in the country in which every single state, insurance carrier, junk and salvage yard is required by federal law to report their data accurately and on time. The database is administered by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and is overseen by the US Department of Justice. This means that instaVIN vehicle reports are real-time and incredibly accurate. This is crucial for any used car buyer that wants to make the most educated and least risky decision before committing to a purchase.

An instaVIN customer named Sylvia from Peoria, Illinois luckily avoided that costly mistake thanks to an instaVIN vehicle history and title report. As she explained:

I was just about to buy a used Nissan Altima from a man selling online. I decided to get a report first and I found INSTAVIN. The report said the car had been totalled by Geico and had been at a place called CoPart and when I looked them up, I saw that they sell accident cars-some of them looked pretty bad. So I didn’t buy that car- I got another one and checked it first and it didn't have problems. $7 for each report it was worth it.

Another customer named Janis also had a very positive experience with instaVIN. She explained in her company testimonial that she was about to buy what she thought was a great used car through an internet seller and decided to turn to CARFAX® for the vehicle’s background information. Janis said in her instaVIN review, “I recently almost purchased a vehicle that I found on the internet. I paid over $45 for a CARFAX® report that indicated the vehicle was clean. Just to be safe I ran a few other reports from other companies .. turns out there is a big difference! CARFAX® did not report that the vehicle was a Total Loss!!! instaVIN showed recent Total Loss information on the vehicle from Copart that was not available from CARFAX®! instaVIN gave me the basics at a reasonable price. Thanks for having a reasonable value based alternative to CARFAX®!”

Thank you for taking the time to read these instaVIN reviews. Hopefully, they were helpful and make you feel more at ease. instaVIN offers fantastic and dependable vehicle history and title reports but also offers effective bill of sale document services, certified pre-owned auto and powersports programs, a free mobile app for your iPad and iPhone, insurance and auto warranty services and so much more. So, give the vehicle history report specialists at instaVIN a call today at 858-454-6782 or click here to get started!

Written By: admin on July 9, 2013 No Comment

Buying a used car can be a great means of getting a good car at a great price. As soon as a new car leaves the forecourt of a dealership, it substantially depreciates in value. So buying a second hand car can mean you can land yourself with a bargain.
However, the world of used cars is not always a straight forward one, and as such there are a few questions you need to ask to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying.

What is your budget?

Before you start asking questions about the car, it is important to ask a couple of questions of yourself. The first one being: what type of money are you willing and able to spend? You need to decide what money you have to spend to help you decide what car you can afford. This can help you filter your choices significantly, cutting down on browsing time.

What type of car do you need?

The next fundamental question is a simple one, what type of car are you looking for? There are a few further questions which can help determine this better:

  • What will the car be primarily used for? Business? Recreational Use? Family?
  • How many passengers will you typically be driving around with?

Can you see the service history?

In an ideal world, the car you’re buying will come with a full service record, including dealer stamps. If you can’t see a service history, it’s difficult to know how the car has held up and how well it has been treated. If there is no service history available, that might be a reason to doubt the car or at least take a closer look.

Make sure you look for certain things when buying a used car.

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Can you see the MOT certificates?

Any car over 3 years old must have a valid MOT. If you want to double check the validity of the MOT document, you can cross-reference the certificate with information recorded online at https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status-vehicle.

How many miles on the odometer?

The miles a car has done is directly linked to the value of the car, as it shows how much wear and tear it has experienced. Reading the odometer can give you a good idea of the true value of the vehicle and let you know whether it’s worth the asking price. Unfortunately there is always the risk that the odometer might have been tampered with or altered; if you have any doubt about the odometer’s reading, you can double check it by cross-referencing mileage in the service history and MOT.

Are there are any parts of the car that are don’t work or are tricky to work?

Although a sticky door handle or temperamental lights might not be too detrimental to the overall functionality of the car, it can be a real annoyance and something of a hassle with everyday use. It’s therefore good to ask if there is anything about the car you need to know before buying it. If you feel that it’s a minor annoyance that won’t bother you too much then you might be able to get the car at a lower value and snag a bargain.

Is there any rust or any gaps in the paintwork?

If there are imperfections with the paintwork the car’s value should be lowered. It’s good to inspect the car to check for yourself that the paintwork is intact. On the other hand, if you aren’t too picky and have seen a spot where the paintwork has been redone to cover up a scratch or imperfection, it might be nothing more than an aesthetic flaw and can be used as ammunition for haggling to get a better deal.

Can you attain an independent inspection?

An important question to ask the dealer is whether or not you can have an independent inspection carried out before buying. An honest dealer (e.g. Roy Chapman - used car dealers) will have no qualms about having another professional confirm their claims. However, if the dealer appears at all hesitant at the suggestion, which should immediately be a red flag and you might want to doubt the authenticity of the information being provided about the car.

 

Make sure the person selling it is reliable.

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Conclusion

Buying a used car can be a great idea for getting a good deal on a vehicle, especially if you’re working on a budget. But you should always ask a few questions before committing to buy. Although there are undoubtedly other questions which will help you in the decision-making process, the ones listed here are a good place to start.

 

 

 

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Written By: admin on June 14, 2013 No Comment

In the past, the only way to sell your car might have been to post an ad in the local paper or just place a “for sale” sign on the window, and wait for someone to call. These days, however, the Internet affords a new alternative for those looking to sell their cars. Before attempting to do so, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of such an enterprise, for while there are definite benefits to selling your car online, there are potential drawbacks as well.

Pro: A Wider Audience

One of the distinct advantages of selling your car online is that you are able to reach a much wider audience. Posting ads on eBay, for example, can elicit a number of responses from interested parties almost immediately. Though it is still a good idea to post ads in print media as well, the web has become the primary location for most shoppers; thus, an online ad increases your chances of possibly finding a buyer right away.

Con: More Work

Of course, with a wider audience and a greater number of interested parties comes the possibility that you will have to read through a significant number of emails and messages, weeding out the lowest offers and deciding how and to whom you should respond. Selling your car online as opposed to selling it to a dealer also makes it necessary for you to draw up all of the contracts and paperwork necessary to complete the sale, a necessary step in ensuring that everything is conducted above-board.

Pro: Enhanced Efficiency

The transaction itself can also go much more smoothly when most of it is conducted online. Questions can be asked and answered in an expedited fashion, thus either speeding up a sale or more quickly weeding out those who don’t intend to buy. Additionally, when an ad is placed online and you can communicate about the vehicle that way, you won’t always have to be home to meet in person with interested buyers, leaving you free to go about your daily business.

Con: Susceptibility to Scams

Unfortunately, the Internet has the tendency to leave people wide open to be the victims of fraudulent behavior, and this also applies to car sales. It is easier for individuals to skip out on payments or to simply disappear before paying in full when all of the transactions are conducted online. To be safe, make sure to collect full payment and sign all contractual documents before handing over the vehicle.

Overall, so long as you are cautious, using the Internet to sell your car can be a great way to make a quick and efficient sale. Also keep in mind that any wise and reliable individual will want to meet in person to see the car you’re selling anyway, so you will still have the chance to size up a potential buyer and conduct some additional negotiations before committing to anything—just to be sure you’ll be getting a fair deal.

About the author: 

Jeremy Stone is a freelance writer and also a car trader. He currently writes for Sell My Car for Cash

Written By: admin on April 5, 2013 No Comment

Outside of purchasing a house, there aren’t many bigger investments than buying a new car.  Needless to say, this means you shouldn’t rush in, and should take the time to pick the right one.  That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips on how to pick the right vehicle/

Think of the future.  Whilst it’s tempting to purchase a speedy, flash two-seater with your first decent paycheck, you need to consider whether or not that’s really what you’ll need three years down the line.  After all, spending 10k on a car that you’ll have to sell at a loss in two years is a pretty pointless endeavour!   We’re not suggesting you go and buy a family wagon at the age of seventeen, but don’t forget to at least consider your future.

Don’t overdo it.  With the economic climate being what it is, the motoring industry is a buyer’s market, and prices are being driven down.  This means that you can get a far better car for your money than you could ten years ago.  However, it’s pointless spending an extra 5k if you don’t need to.  If the car you want is a good two thousand or so cheaper than it was, pocket the cash: it will mean that you have the money spare to pay your insurance.

Buy what you need.  If the only time you use your car is to do the weekly shop, then there’s no point buying a stubborn, built-for-the-road transit.   Vice versa, if you’re purchasing a car that needs to be capable of driving to work and back, doing the shopping, picking up the kids on the school run and driving fifty miles to visit the grandparents every weekend then you should pick a brand noted for its reliability such as Ford.

Take into account potential repairs.  It’s all very well purchasing a stylish 1959 coupe once owned by Jackie Stewart, but exactly where are you going to find the spare parts for it when the inevitable breakdown occurs.  Purchasing a well known model from a major manufacturer means that almost all garages and breakdown services will be able to make the necessary reparations quickly and easily.  Trust us, you’ll be grateful for the speed when you’re stuck with the bus for a week!

Test drive the vehicle.  This might seem very obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to try their first car out.  Needless to say, you shouldn’t make the same mistake.  Ensure that whatever car you purchase feels natural and comfortable for you to use.

This article was written in association with Stuart Pease, experts in UK fibreglass manufacture.

 

Written By: admin on February 22, 2013 No Comment

Choosing a family car can sometimes be a nightmare. It can often feel like there are too many options and nowhere near enough advice to simplify the choice. Below are four of the most asked questions, with some handy answers and tips to make the search for your perfect family car that little bit easier.

Which Class of car is best for me?

So the first decision you need to be making is, what car will suit my family’s needs? Where you live will prove one of the best ways to answer this question. If you’re based in a more rural area maybe consider an SUV. You will need a vehicle which will be able to tackle adverse weather conditions, preferably one that won’t leave you stranded in ice with very cold and very miserable children. The same question applies for city dwellers, an SUV or MPV may be too large and cumbersome to park in small city spaces, think on road parking. Try an estate or saloon, a car which is easy enough to park into most spaces, eradicating the continual laps of the supermarket car park on a Saturday afternoon.

It sounds like a rather small and insignificant detail, but opt for dark coloured interiors. There is no task as hard as scrubbing Ribena and mushed strawberries, out of cream carpeted interiors. Leather is an even better option if it is available; never underestimate the calming effect of a wipe clean surface.

Now you may not have considered doors as an issue, but now think about trying to fit car seats through said doors?  Sliding doors are incredibly handy for trying to control a bigger brood in a car park, no worries of denting nearby vehicles and lots of extra space, to manoeuvre children into the car. However these doors are normally found on SUV’s and MPV’s, if you’re looking for a smaller vehicle test how wide the door opens, always take your car seat with you to any test drive and try fitting it in the car.  Remember, there is no worse feeling than seeing your brand new cars paint work on your brand new baby seat.

Is My Baby Seat Right?

Car safety seat law is long and at times complicated, and most certainly something you never thought about before your family grew. However now you’re faced with heights and weights, rear facing and front facing, isofix and non isofix, it all seems like a lot of choice; however there are a few things that can help.

If you’re expecting I would heavily advise making sure whichever car you purchase has isofix anchors as standard. Therefore no matter what safety seat you opt for you are prepared for all eventualities. If you have any worries about fitting safety seats yourself, Halfords offer a fantastic service where they will fit the seats for you, and all for free.

Make sure the car you purchase has the ability to turn off the passenger air bag. In most vehicles this can be enabled by either a switch or a key. This eliminates an expensive trip to the manufacturers if you need to place a rear facing car seat in the passenger seat at any time.

Always take your safety seats to test drives with you, this is especially important if you have more than one. Make sure the seats are easy to secure and fit comfortably inside the car. It’s a fantastic chance to check the size of the vehicle out, as well as testing if your bad back will handle the height of the vehicle and the weight of a baby seat.

How Much Space Do I Need?

Your main space concern may be how many children can I squeeze inside but children come with baggage, and unfortunately that’s needs squeezing in too.

The more leg room across the back seats makes it easier to fit child seats. Also check space saving compartments in the back of the car. They make it easy to store books, toys and other items to distract the children from the inevitable ‘are we there yet’ question.

Boot size is incredibly important, it’s not just buggies that need to fit in the back, but nappy bags, book bags, sports bags, lunch bags to name a few.  Estate cars are the best choice for offering huge amounts of boot space. When going on a test drive ask to try your buggy in the boot, this will be your biggest item, therefore you can judge how much space you have left for other child paraphernalia.

How Do I Check How Safe a Car Is?

Naturally you’re worried about the safety of your children. The best way to check how safe a car is would be to check the Euro NACP test results.  These are readily available online with detailed descriptions of the outcome of all assessments carried out on each vehicle.

The Euro NACP carry out various assessments to test child safety, adult safety and pedestrian safety. Each vehicle is rated on a percentage and given a star rating. The website is fantastic for comparing choices within different classes of vehicle and also gives you a good idea of the kind of safety technology each vehicle employs.

It’s the little things that you would expect to come as standard that need checking, especially when you are buying a used car. Does the vehicle have anti-lock brakes, are there child locks? The thought of a four year old making an escape at a traffic light is one that is both haunting and sleep depriving. Make sure you check all the small things, and don’t worry if you feel your being over the top, at the end of the day it’s the safety of your family which is at stake.

Ashleigh-Rose Harman writes on behalf of Tilsun Group, a contract hire and leasing company who provide a wide range of Euro NACP tested family car leases, suitable for all families, big and small.

 

 

Written By: admin on February 18, 2013 No Comment

In recent years, there has been plenty of cry and hue about saving our planet and environment awareness, and entire matter of global warming. And the exhaustible sources of fuel and energy have been used excessively. To cope with this problem, car manufacturers and scientists are trying to develop alternative energy sources for running vehicles. And this has given birth to electric cars, which are eco-friendly. You may also like to read about cheapest cars 2013.

Electric cars are those vehicles that run with electric motors. These motors obtain power through electrochemical cells. As these cars include battery packs, they are also referred to as the battery electric vehicles. No petroleum or gas is required to run these cars. Since a non conventional power source runs these cars, there will be both good and bad things about these vehicles. Now, let’s take a look at pros and cons of electric cars.

Pros

  • Electric cars are known for the low emission, so these vehicles help a lot to control the environment pollution. It runs absolutely with clean energy source. No smoke, no fumes, in short, no toxic gases or emissions are thrown to the atmosphere.
  • These vehicles are very energy efficient. They secure their power from hydrogen fuel cells and sun. In comparison to the internal combustion machine, electric cars offer more mileage by 3 times though the engines run on alternative fuel. Moreover, when the electric vehicle is switched on, you won’t notice any build up or any energy loss. Even with zero RPM, it is possible to obtain maximum torque.
  • In some models of electric cars the battery can be charged by plugging the car in the standard 110 volt outlet. The cost for charging a car is similar to the cost of lighting a 60 Watt bulb. If a car is charged for 3 hours by turning off the light, it will last for an entire day, and the electricity bill won’t increase drastically. So, too much electricity is not needed to charge these vehicles.
  • Once you have bought the car, it will help to save your money depending upon how much you drive. Moreover, these vehicles are safe to drive, lightweight, and compact. A conversion kit is also offered with such cars.

 

Cons

  • One of the major and most evident drawbacks is the need to store energy to run the electric vehicle. The entire paraphernalia and the car battery are pretty heavy and not user-friendly at all.
  • When it comes to speed the electric cars are not as efficient as those powered by conventional fuels. They can’t even top the speed to a gas tank. Because of their low speed range, there are only ideal for city driving.
  • It takes 12 hours to charge the battery completely, and you need to do it overnight. There are very few charging stations which are located in far distances, so it is not proper to charge the battery in the day. You will be in big trouble if you run out of charge while traveling.

Author Bio: Do you like to know more about hybrid cars? If you do, then read more articles by Scott Garcia. You can even read about the top ten companies in the world that produce hybrid cars.

Written By: admin on February 11, 2013 No Comment

Are you on the fence regarding whether you should lease or buy your next mode of transportation? There are advantages and disadvantages to leasing a car, and the list below will help you learn what they are.

Advantages

  • To lease a car will cost you substantially less in monthly payments than if you were buying the auto. The reason is because you are only paying for the depreciation of the vehicle over the period of time that you are using it. You are not paying on the full value of the car.
  • In many instances, you can get away with making no down payment on the vehicle, although you are still responsible for the first monthly payment and applicable registration and tag fees.
  • You have the option of driving a new car every so many months, depending on the length of your lease agreement.
  • If you lease your auto for the same amount of time as the manufacturer’s warranty, you will be covered if any repair costs should be incurred while the auto is in your possession.
  • You will save on sales tax when you lease your vehicle as you will only pay the amount of tax that applies to your usage. Also, the taxes will be stretched out over the length of your agreement and will be paid along with your monthly payments. You are saved the hassle of paying taxes in one large amount all at once.
  • You will never need to worry about selling your vehicle. Once the lease agreement has been concluded, you simply return the car to the dealer.

Disadvantages

  • You will never own your vehicle. If you are driving a car that you really like and feel comfortable with, you will be required to relinquish it back to the dealer at the end of your lease agreement.
  • If, for any reason, you need to terminate your lease before it is up, you will have to pay a penalty, and it can be rather hefty.
  • You will also be penalized if you drive your vehicle over the specified number of miles that will be stated in the agreement. This can be another hefty charge if you exceed the allowed mileage by a considerable amount.
  • Being hard on the vehicle will cost you. The car needs to be returned to the dealer in the same condition in which you received it. If you bring the auto back with dents, dings, scratches and any other type of damage, you will be responsible for the damages.
  • You will never be able to customize your vehicle by acquiring a new paint job and adding beneficial accessories to it. The car must be returned to the dealer exactly as it was at the beginning of your lease agreement because you do not own it.

As can be determined by the above list, there will be pros and cons to leasing a vehicle. What you need to do is weigh both the pluses and minuses to ascertain if leasing is the best option for you.

Guest author Melanie Lewis writes for a site that has more information to help you decide whether to lease or buy a car.

Written By: admin on December 27, 2012 No Comment

Tow bars is a must accessories for your car or van and when attached makes it more versatile, useful, and practical. These bars are available at an economical price. They allow the vehicle to pull anything, from small trailers to big caravans. It is made up of anodized steel. You could fit them under the bumper of your car or vehicle and increase the practicality of the vehicle. A good quality bar increases the resalable value of your car.

Different types of devices available in the market

Flange tow bar is quite common these days. It consists of a two or four hole bar face plate, which is bolted with 50mm tow ball. The manufacturer usually keeps a 25 millimeter space, between the bar flange and the ball.

Following are the advantages of using this kind of bars -

  • The bumper protecting plates will prevent the coupling head from damaging the bumper.
  • It consists of efficient caravan stabilizer attachment plates
  • Replacement of a damaged ball is cost effective.
  • You need not have to change the bar for a longer period of time.

Car owners who look forth to own a flexible tow, will be happy with fixed swan neck. You can easily attach them to caravans and others. The advantages of this type of tow are as follows -

  • They are incorporated with an effective stabilizer system
  • Electrics that are mounted below the bumper doesn’t spoil the beauty of your car

Retraceable, automatic, and detachable devices are also high in demand. Most of the people use automatic device as they leave minimum bumper cut. They can be removed easily removed through a quick release mechanism.

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Method to buy them online

Many companies sell different types of tow bars at reasonable prices. You could buy them online or from the nearby retail stores. Many well known companies have established their website on the internet. You could browse some of the popular website and get more knowledge regarding the features of their product.

Before choosing a company, you could read their consumer’s reviews. Besides this, you could also have a look at the following points-

  • Ensure that the company is an accredited one.
  • Do not forget to check their experience in this field
  • You could check the warranty period offered by them
  • Have a look at the shipping policy, return, and exchange policy of the company.

To choose the correct bar for your vehicle, you need to know the weight of your vehicle. The vehicles are divided into four classes namely-

  • The vehicles under 2,000 pounds
  • Between 2,000 to 3,500 pounds
  • Between 3,500 pounds to 5,000 pounds
  • 5,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds

Car Tow Bars

Things to be taken into consideration

Purchasing a tow brand is certainly an investment, so buy one that provides your car with high stability and sturdiness. A poor quality product will never last long and can be impacted due to high speed or strong wind. Besides this, ensure that there is a locking mechanism in the device which will secure your towed vehicle.

You need to buy the tow bar which is easy to assemble and can be effortlessly attached to your car. Many devices are incorporated with horizontal rods that provide an easy access to the back of the car. It is quiet necessary that the tow bars are quite easy to use and you don’t have to fiddle with them any time.

You can follow the instructions that are mentioned on the user manual, which teaches you the technique to affix these bars. Ensure that you do not cross the suggested towing capacity of the device. You could grease the ball regularly so that they can smoothly fit into your car.

Author's Bio: Peter loves to write about vehicles, and he also participates in the discussions at the online forums. His blog posts on detachable towbar will help you in maximizing the utility of your vehicles

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Written By: Guest Author on December 7, 2012 No Comment

Buying a car is as important as buying a house. It involves a lot of research and a lot of planning. If anything goes wrong you might be ending up on the losing side and that would not be an ideal thing to do. The multiple factors to be considered include the price, options available, financing, monthly payments and trade in. Here is a list of 10 common mistakes that one can commit while buying a car.

Preferring only one model

Becoming blinded by the fascination for a certain model can lead you into taking a wrong decision, often forcing you to overlook the other available models which can prove to be much better options. A detailed research on the vehicle’s rating, reviews, reliability, safety and pricing decisions is important before making any final investment decision.

Skipping the test drive

Taking the test drive is one of the most important things to do while buying a car. Many cars might appear to be glossy on paper, especially in the brochure. Taking a test drive can ensure that you are aware of all the aspects and that the car you are opting for, meets all your demands.

Negotiating the marked price

It would be wrong to judge a car’s price based on the price tag that has been placed on it. In some cases the dealer might even be offering you a discount of let’s say $100. Consumers in such cases might be forced to think that they are getting a good deal. However, unless the car is in huge demand and the supply is short there is ought to be a certain lump-sum discount on that particular car.

Focusing on monthly payment

It would be better that you insist on negotiating one thing at a time. Settle on the vehicle’s price first and then discuss about the trade-ins associated with it. You may opt for financing or leasing as per your choice. It would be preferable not to bring the issue of leasing until you have agreed on the vehicle’s price.

Realising the value of modern safety features

Security is a key issue whenever you go to buy a car. Anti-lock brake systems, electronic stability control, head protecting side air-bags for example are some of the safety features that a car should possess.

Investing more than you need

You have to be certain about what you need. Under no circumstances should you be looking to invest in a car that is out of your limits in terms of financial capacity.

Before buying a used car get it checked by a mechanic

Even a good car can become a liability if it is not maintained properly. Therefore, before purchasing the used car, have a good mechanic give it a thorough go through so that you know you’re getting a good buy.

Researching the value of your present car

While going for an exchange deal it is necessary that you research about the value of your present car. Chances are that while buying any new car in exchange of your old one, the dealer might mislead you by wrongly valuing your car.

Buying needlessly extra

Dealers will often try to sell various add-ons with the car so that they can earn additional commissions. It is important that you do not fall prey to their offers.

Richard Kershaw is the author of this guest post. He helps provide useful car buying tips through such posts. He also helps you find some of the best montana cars for sale through his website.

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