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How To Buy A New Or Used Car

Updated on September 5, 2010

Purchasing a car could be quite an arduous task in case you have never done this before. In fact the readers of such articles on "How to..." mostly happen to be new entrants in the automobile driving family though the facts cited herein will also help those experienced car owners desirous of buying either a new car or a fairly well maintained second-hand vehicle.

Buying a car is somewhat akin to buying a residential property although the former is movable property whilst the latter is a fixed asset! There are a few criteria that are common in the two purchases and we will discuss these in the current article. The same arguments hold water if you are buying a newly built property or a home that has been lived in for a couple of decades. Let us consider the topic by first understanding the principles one should adapt to purchasing a brand new vehicle, since this acquisition is a lot simpler than the buying of a second-hand used car. 

A New Car

A new vehicle also needs careful planning and evaluation in view of the highly competitive market with lots of makes as well as models of cars available for you to make a choice. Some of the following steps will help you in acquiring the best vehicle for your individual and family/business needs: • what do you need the car for? This is the first and foremost question you must ask yourself. Cars can be for individual requirements of going from home to office and other business/social events. They can also be a family vehicle (SUV or Vans etc) for heavy duty and general transport. The critical path evaluation can be applied to focus the need of a vehicle for uses you list in your pre-purchasing review. • A new car is always suggested for those who are "green drivers" or not too technical savvy. This obviates frequent maintenance of the vehicle and the warranty period helps in spending less money on repairs etc. The choice of make and model depends on the usage pattern. • The facilities you need in the new car are as important as anything else and you must consider all pros and cons of the ancillary equipment and extras that come with any vehicle. The lists are endless but look at it from the point of view of adding to the standard models. • Check the Internet for reviews of various makes and models you intend to shortlist. This will assist you in taking the right decision for your purpose. • Finally, the cost of the vehicle governs your budget coupled with the personal needs. Finances if used will also guide you in the choice of the new car.

Used Car

The topic of buying a used car is slightly more complex than the simple purchase of a new vehicle. This is obvious since used cars come in plenty and the conditions can vary significantly from "great" to "something that will do for some time only"! You must be very careful in planning for a used car. There are many parameters or criterion that governs the purchase of a second-hand automobile.

The topic of procuring a used car can take many pages and chapters to be complete. In fact it is a great topic for a focused e-book that may or may not be available in the market or Internet! Nevertheless, it is wise to take into account the following guidelines: • First and foremost you must consider the age of the used vehicle before looking at the condition and mileage etc. This indicates the possible queries you would eventually have for the vehicle. • The dealer of used cars must have a great reputation and service after sales. He should also possess full details, history, condition reports and other data for you to evaluate. • Other than the provided reports it is advisable to get the used vehicle tested by established authorities or experts. This will ensure that the condition is known before you purchase and it is acceptable to your taste. • Many cars are directly displayed after repairs following accidents. Never buy a car that has a known serious accident history as it is bound to give you problems. • Always thoroughly check the vehicle by driving tests and general inspection. It must suit your style of driving and fulfill all needs you envisage from your transport. • In conclusion you must weigh the cost of the used car chosen or short listed and the finance conditions etc. As there are many sources of used cars, the aspect of costing is paramount.

New or used car purchase is really driven by personal tastes and likes. The 'how to' or 'how not to' list is vast requiring many parameters. Try to evaluate all that is possible and do not hesitate to take the opinion of those who own such cars or are experts in the field.


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