I have to admit that when it comes to talking about cars I am not the most knowledgable person out there. We have recently just been through the process of buying a new car (to me) as my faithful Vauxhall Meriva croaked it. Not the ideal time right before Christmas but it is so nice driving a car which doesn’t rattle and creak and which actually gets warm during the colder months!
Before you even go to see any cars it is worth looking around online to compare price guides for the range of cars that you are looking at so that you can avoid being overcharged. It will give you some ideas on the type of money you might expect to pay and should alert you to any possible issues if you spot a car which seems too cheap or too expensive.
When deciding on your budget make sure you factor in costs such as insurance, road tax, as well as giving yourself a little extra in case anything goes wrong. You might want to take your new car to an independent garage to have it checked over so you will need money for that, or you might know ahead of time that work needs doing such as if the tyres need changing. You can check out point-s.co.uk for cheap yet reliable tyres online.
Finally, ask to see all relevant documents such as the service history, MOT certificates and the V5C registration. Although some cars won’t have a full service history they should all have the latter and you need to ask serious questions if the seller can’t produce these for you.