September 03, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Whether it is your first vehicle, or you are looking to update your existing one, buying a car is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.

You are making a purchase that provides you with freedom, and at the same time making a large financial commitment, so it is essential that you make an informed decision.


Here are five top tips to help you on the way to your perfect car at the right price:

Know what you need

Before you even set foot in a dealership, have a good idea of your needs, both now and over the next few years. Consider how much you are likely to be driving and the type of driving you do the most. If you mainly use your vehicle for short commutes to work through city traffic, your needs will be different to someone who spends most of their driving time on the motorway. Also, consider who will be in the vehicle. If you have passengers, animals to transport, or large amounts of luggage, these factors need to be taken into consideration.

Know what you can afford

Buying a vehicle isn't just about the initial cost. You also need to consider running costs, tax, insurance, repairs, and fuel; smaller engines attract less road tax but come with less power. Buying a car that comes with a warranty and MOT can also save you money, at least for the first year. It also gives you insurance that that the vehicle is roadworthy at the point of purchase.


Understand the finance

When buying a new vehicle, you often have the choice of buying it outright or on finance. There is no one right way to purchase your car, and much depends on your personal circumstances. However, to make sure you drive away happy if you use finance, read the small print. Check exactly how much you are paying monthly and over what period of time. Finance agreements are great if you need to spread the cost, just make sure there are no surprises waiting for you.

Consider trading in your existing vehicle

If you are changing vehicles, using your existing car as a deposit is a great way to lower your initial costs. To get the best price for your existing vehicle make sure it looks presentable. Give it a good clean before you take it to the dealer and check that everything is working. You also need to ensure you take the logbook with you so that you can sign the vehicle over.

Insist on an HPI check

Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous people out there that will try to sell dealers vehicles that are stolen, been written off, or have outstanding finance. An HPI check is your guarantee that the car you want does not fall into one of these categories. Many dealerships now provide full HPI checks to safeguard their customers and their business reputations.


For more information on purchasing the right car for you, or to browse the latest stock,contact Avondale Motor Park today.


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