When it’s time to buy a new car, you’re presented with a lot of questions: which make and model should you get, what features do you need, and, crucially, how can you get it for a good price.
Picking up the latest model straight from the showroom floor will give you access to the latest in new technologies. Nowadays, modern cars possess features that were once only available on our computers and smartphones, with touch screens, voice control, and all kinds of multimedia connectivity becoming standardised. Most importantly, though, many car manufacturers are also making cars both safer and easier to drive. By using context sensitive sensors that are able to determine what is around you, they can help you with everything from parallel parking, handling steep inclines, and emergency braking. You’ll also have the peace of mind that in case there are ever any problems with the vehicle, you have the original manufacturer’s warranty to fall back on.
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If you’re working to a stricter budget, look for pre-registered vehicles (only known as “nearly new cars”). This refers to vehicles that have only been in production for a couple of years and have little, if any, miles on the clock. These may have been leased by corporate companies for their employees or even registered by the employees of the dealership themselves to meet bonus quotas. If you’re lucky, you may be able to pick up a car that hasn’t even been driven for as much as 70% off the sticker price.
Another way to get a new car is through leasing or a hire purchase. If you choose to lease the vehicle, you can do so with a contract length that suits your requirements. At the end of the deal you can decide to renew or you could, instead, look to lease a different vehicle. This is a great way to make sure you never got stuck with a car you don’t like for an extended period of time. To find out more, take a look at this Car Leasing Guide that covers all the frequently asked questions.
With a hire purchase, you’ll pay a deposit relating to the vehicle’s value (often somewhere between 10-20%), but at the end of the contract you’ll own it outright.
Your car is not only a means of getting from A to B, it also reflects on you and your business. Make sure you make the right impression.