If you're a woman buying a car there are certain things you can do to make sure you're not going to be taken for a ride.
Think carefully about the type of car you want. Ask yourself where you're most likely be going in your car most often to help you ascertain the type of use you hope to get out of it. Also keep in mind your budget. Aim to buy a car that will best suit your needs.
When you see a car for sale, phone the supplied sales number before thinking of viewing it, and ask questions. You may find the car isn't going to be what you're looking for, and so save yourself a visit. Asking questions also shows the person selling the car that you're interested and bright.
If you intend to view a car, but aren't very car savvy and can't take a more knowledgeable person along with you to see it, follow these tips about what to look for.
When viewing a second-hand car.
Don't rush. Take your time to absorb the details of the car. Look at its general condition. Walk slowly around the car to get a general over-view.
Look under the bonnet. You don't need to be an expert to see if the engine is nice and clean, and so probably well cared for. If it's oily and mucky this is a bad sign.
Wear trousers. This isn't so that you look macho, it's because you need to get down on the ground to check for possible corrosion and rust on the car. Take a torch with you and look underneath the car for corrosion signs. Also open car doors and check hinges, and look under rubber mats for any signs of dampness caused by leaks.
Ask about the history of the car. Most responsible owners will have a log book you will be able to look at.
Find out if the car is taxed, when it was last serviced, and whether it has recently had an MOT.
Ask to go for a test drive, so that you can really find out what the cars like when you're in the driving seat.
If you really want the car, put a deposit on it and get a receipt. If you need to think about it first, go away and do so. You can haggle a little about price. Most sellers expect this, and put their car on the market at a slightly higher price than they expect to get.
If you are viewing a new car in a showroom.
1. Research the car first, and find out what it is worth on the market before you go to view.
2. Be sure to go to a reputable showroom. Ask your family and friends about one that they can recommend to you.
3. Go for a test drive. Is it easy for you to drive? If not do you think you would ever get used to it? Are the gears easy to use if not automatic? Does the seat push forward enough for you to reach the pedals without strain? Is the steering stiff or easy? Is the turning of the wheel fine when reversing and getting out of a tight spot?
4. Look at all the details of the car. Has it got what you require? Think of comfort, price, facilities and special features. Do you need it to be child friendly? Will you fit your dog into it if you have one?
5. Haggle about the price. Expect to drop the price down a little. Don't be shy, but don't go over the top either.
Buying car should be a positive experience, as-long as you observe your potential purchase carefully to make sure everything is in order.
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