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5 essential questions to consider when shopping for a new car

Buying a new car is a momentous and exciting occasion for anyone. It’s a time where you can indulge in purchasing the car you’ve always dreamt of- but what should you consider when shopping for a new car?

The experts at Design 911 have whittled it down to 5 essential questions to consider in order to make the most painless purchase possible. This way, you can drive the car of your dreams with confidence in your purchase.

1) What are my key requirements?

Knowledge is power when it comes to buying a new car. To make sure you are buying the car with the most style and functionality in your life, it is imperative to be knowledgeable about your essential requirements. For example, if you need a spacious car to fit the family in, you may have to compromise a little on fuel efficiency. The risk of theft is unavoidably higher if you are purchasing a luxury vehicle too, so it is important to consider where you will store your new car. If you do not have a garage, perhaps additional security features such as advanced locking should be the priority. Whatever it may be, it is suggested that car buyers make a list to prioritize what they really need against more superficial wants.

2) Do I want to consider an ecofriendly car?

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There are a lot of stylish and environmentally friendly options for consumers today, and with an increased awareness towards climate change many car buyers are considering ecofriendly cars. For instance, electric cars have had a surge in popularity and are run on electricity, rather than more environmentally damaging sources such as petrol and gas. Whilst the obvious advantage of having a ‘green car’ is lower emissions and more environmentally friendly power source options, these vehicles are often high maintenance with parts that are much more expensive to replace. Research and weigh up the pros and cons of pursuing an ecofriendly car to see whether it can benefit your lifestyle.

3) What type of fuel would best suit my car?

In the past, drivers would opt for a type of fuel and then have to compromise on the car or its performance on road. Although there is less compromise needed nowadays, there is certainly a type of fuel that is best for the environment, your driving habits and your budget. Additional factors to consider is the fuel economy, the cost, the tax and how it will affect the longevity of your vehicle. Particularly if you are opting for a hybrid car, it is important to consider how long the car’s battery cell will last, how much it will cost to replace and whether the company you are purchasing your car from have a battery leasing scheme to combat this problem.

4) Is this predominantly for longer or shorter drives?

Heated oil protects the engine from damage and stops putting components under pressure whilst driving. As technology has advanced, engines have been designed for rapid oil warming meaning that short journeys with a lot of stop and start driving are no longer a concern for your engines wear. Instead, car buyers who aim to use their car predominantly for short journeys can opt for an engine that can build in oil pressure quickly. If your new car is going to be used mainly for long journeys, an engine with more liters should be chosen as the extra power will allow for safer acceleration.

5) What is the best time to buy a new car?

So, you have your sights set on your perfect car, but it might be worth targeting your purchase to a specific month to get the best deal. Car dealers often have sales targets to meet, and their bonuses are usually targeted every quarterly. Therefore, March, June, September and December can be considered to be the best time to buy a new car. If the car dealer is keen to meet their targets, you are more likely to get better room for negotiation and a more attractive deal on your dream car.