Purchasing a car can be overwhelming, especially for women.
Where do you start? What should you look for? What are some of the things you should consider when purchasing a vehicle? These are all the questions we ask ourselves.
Whether you’re a newbie or want something new and bigger (for your growing family perhaps), here are some valuable car buying tips you would need to consider.
- Time your purchase
Purchasing a vehicle should be carefully thought through. No good comes from making hasty decisions.
- – Contact dealerships for quotes.
- – Ensure that you have the right documentations.
- – Know your expenses.
- – Know your limits.
- – Find out where the nearest service centre is to you.
- Make the internet your friend
Doing as much research beforehand is of vital importance! Educate yourself on the vehicle you had in mind, weigh out the pros and cons, and find out how accessible car parts are in South Africa.
- Talk to people
Speaking to people won’t hurt; ask them what they went through to purchase their vehicles, what documentation they needed, whether they applied for a loan or paid cash, how they went about applying for insurance and what they think about the car you’re planning on buying. Getting opinions from people you know and trust will help put your mind at ease and make you aware of possibilities you might not have considered before.
- Find something that suits your needs
You don’t have to accept anything that you’re not entirely happy with. Test drive the car to get a feel for it; make sure it’ll benefit you and accommodate your lifestyle; ensure you have ample boot space (for all your shopping bags – you’ll thank us later!); or even enough room for the kids to sit where and however they want – the happier your kids are, the less stressful the trip to school will be.
- The final decision is yours
Your family and friends can only guide you along the way, but essentially the final decision rests with you.
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