The 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A New Car

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If you have fancied buying a new car for a while now but have had a few nagging doubts at the back of your mind over which model, style or brand to go for, we’re here to help.

We understand how big a decision buying a new car can be. They’re not exactly cheap, after all, so it’s important to get it right.

With this in mind, we thought we’d run through a few of the key questions you need to ask yourself before starting your search. So, let’s get started.

Is now the right time?

The first question you need to weigh up is whether now is the best time to buy a car, or not.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have not only been left feeling concerned about their financial situations but also unable to actually use their cars until the lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Car dealerships are also closed and private sales could technically be illegal so, unless you’re desperate for a new motor, it might be wise to hold off until we are free to do things again.

The last thing you want to do is make a rushed decision, after all.

Which type of car should you get?

Once you’ve decided you’d like to move ahead with your purchase, the next question to ponder is which type of car to get: electric, hybrid, petrol or diesel.

Electric vehicles tend to be more expensive than petrol or diesel options. However, they could prove to be a better investment over the long term due to the government’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 onwards.

Your choice really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re buying a car for your teenage son or daughter to learn to drive on, for example, a cheaper petrol or diesel option would make more sense.

However, if you’re looking to upgrade your motor and have a car that will last a long time, opting for either a hybrid or electric vehicle could be a better decision.

How much are you looking to spend?

While finance deals may be incredibly tempting, being able to spread the purchase cost over several years, it’s important to weigh up whether this actually makes financial sense.

Ultimately, your budget should be the deciding factor for the type, model and brand of car you decide to buy.

You should never buy something you can’t afford or don’t actually plan on using that much.

In cases like these, buying a used vehicle could offer a lower rate of depreciation over a brand new one, while keeping your costs down.

A key consideration to make when buying a car is how safe it is. Here at FEV, we are experts in car safety and offer a range of products to improve the driving experience. Simply contact our team if you would like to find out any more information about our services.

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