How to buy your dream car
Many people dream of buying the perfect car. It is perhaps one of the leading dreams being had by folk in today’s fast-paced world. But the sad reality is that most of us have to put up with driving a bucket, due to serious lack of funds. This isn’t surprising, as a vehicle will probably be number two on your list of the most expensive things you will spend money on in your lifetime. It is safe to say that because of this, you can’t jump into this activity lightly. A lot of thought and planning, as well as research and more thought, will be needed beforehand.
The following is a set of handy hints and tips to help you successfully complete this journey. Keep them in mind when either at home doing research on the internet. Or out of the car dealership finding the vehicle that legends are made out of.
Stock up on knowledge
You will need to look at all the vehicles that you consider to be your “dream car.” Take note of all their strengths and weaknesses, and how they compare to what your needs and wants are. The internet is the best place to do this, via such sites as redbook.com.au, and carsguide.com.au. Make sure you look closely at the specs and features of each vehicle. You will want to narrow the field of possibilities down.
You may have your heart set on a certain vehicle. But it may turn out that there is a different model and make out there that ticks all the same boxes. But is much less expensive. Be sure to do a good thorough search for all the possibilities so you know you have chosen the best cars to look at relative to your budget, needs and dreams.
Don’t forget to test drive
Even if the vehicle you are looking at has been described right down to the smallest detail. Take the vehicle out for a test drive. It won’t be wasted time. As you can learn extra things related to how well it performs and handles the road that may not be in the advert. And it certainly goes without saying that experience always trumps second hand knowledge. This is also handy when comparing vehicles with similar specs. Two vehicles that belong to the same model can feel completely different when taken for a spin.
Keep used cars as an option
Even if you have the dollars for a brand new car, it is possible to buy the vehicle you want from the used vehicle market. If you have a more limited budget, you will most likely be best to buy used. A used car that is still in great condition is just as good as a brand new one, plus you will be saving huge dollars.
No matter whether you are buying or selling a car, saving a dollar will not harm anyone.
Have a strict budget
Arrive at an amount that you are willing to spend, and don’t go over it. A great rule of thumb is to not spend a cent over one quarter of your monthly income.