8 useful tips to make buying a new car easier

January 18, 2019 2:21 pm | Peter Warren

Australians buy over 915,000 brand new cars and SUVs every year on average, according to Finder. That means one out of every 27 people in the country will purchase a car in 2019, a number that proves how much we love to buy brand new instead of used. 

If you're about to take the plunge, follow these eight useful tips to ensure your make the right decision and buy a car you'll love to drive for years to come. 

1. Take your time and research

Don't rush out to a dealership the moment you decide to buy a new car. Instead, take your time and research online to find out more about the cars you're interested in. You should be able to find rough pricing, brochures and even third party reviews to help you figure out if a car is right for you. 

2. Work out your budget

If you're buying the car outright, figure out how much you can afford to spend before you visit a dealership. Consider leaving a little money over for insurance and maintenance to make the first year of owning a new car easier. If you're buying with the help of vehicle finance, consider how much you can afford to repay each week after essential living costs. 

Never stretch your funds to buy a car you can't afford, particularly if you purchase with the help of finance. 

3. Consider the car's safety

One of the best things about buying a new car is that they're usually much safer than older vehicles. Plus you can check how safe a certain car is by looking at its ANCAP (The Australasia New Car Assessment Program) safety rating, which is often displayed at point of purchase and can also be found online. 

To achieve a perfect five star rating, like the new Hyundai Santa Fe just has, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies.

4. Buy from a business you can trust

If you buy from a private seller or unlicensed dealer you'll have little guarantee or protection in the event that something goes wrong with your purchase. On the other hand, if you purchase from a licensed and well known dealership, the car you purchase will almost always have a manufacturers' warranty. 

Protect yourself even more by buying from a large dealership with a solid reputation. 

5. Always go for a test drive

Driving a car is by far the best way to get a feel for whether or not you want to buy it so, if possible, it's always a good idea to get behind the wheel before you make a decision. If you can't decide between a couple cars or more, you shouldn't hesitate to test them all.

6. Arrange your finance

If you're not buying outright, you'll need to arrange finance to purchase your car. It's a great idea to do a bit of research before you head to a dealership to get an idea of how finance works, how much your repayments might be on a certain car and how much interest you might pay.

If you're unsure what finance entails, don't rush into it – speak to an expert or someone you trust before you sign on the dotted line.

7. Insure before you drive off

There would be nothing worse than driving a brand new car off the lot only to have an accident before you've arranged insurance. To cover yourself, get in touch with your insurance company and request cover before you leave the dealership in your new car.

Many insurers will be able to approve insurance for a car in minutes over the phone or online, and doing so could save you thousands.

8. Take advantage of any after purchase care

Several marques include extras like free services for the first five years or even roadside assistance for a certain period after you purchase a new car. Make sure you're aware of the after-purchase care offered so that you can take advantage of it.

If you're ready to start choosing your next car, drop in to your nearest Peter Warren Automotive dealership and get behind the wheel for a test drive.