Expert tips by Adam (Car Salesman)
Often the arrival of a new baby means the need for a bigger car – whether you are about to have you first, third or ninth here are some tips to help you choose the right car.
1. Be clear about the main style of usage for the car so you can make a short list of suitable vehicles, for example you might be towing a horse float or caravan, or driving long distances on a regular basis. Both things should dictate the vehicles you look at for towing capacity and fuel efficiency
2.Consider the current and future cargo needs, including people. If you have 2 kids already the cargo requirements will change if you plan to have a third, it could be an expensive exercise if you are forced to update your car after only a short time. Don’t forget to think about when the kids are older too.
3. If you are not a brand ‘die hard’ and you’re considering multiple brands, look at no more than 2 possibly 3 makes in one hit. The more cars you look at the more confused you will be about what you like or want and buy nothing.
4.Consider how long you are likely you keep your car. If budget permits it a leather interior will be more durable, and be easier to clean and maintain over a longer period of time.
5. If you are borrowing money to purchase your next car, it is a good idea to be realistic about your usage for time and distance. Most people will chase the lowest repayment possible which is understandable but this could cause big problems later. If you change your car every 2-3 years, avoid taking a 5 year loan, you are more likely to owe more on the car than it is worth.
6. While it is hard to buy a terrible new car by today’s standards, confirm the vehicle has a good list of modern safety technologies, these can and are likely to save your life and the lives of the people in your car if you are in an accident.
7. Buying a car is often a battle between the head and the heart. If you don’t know exactly what you want, take your time to ensure the car meets all the practical needs for you and your family. A pretty paint job and a ‘new car smell’ can make for an impulsive decision.
8. If the car you buy now uses a different fuel, be mindful NOT to fill it with the alternate fuel, this could be a timely and costly error, especially as it is not covered under any warranty.
9. Don’t buy a black or dark colour car if you find it difficult to find the time to maintain it. Dark colours do require more regular attention as they are unforgiving in showing all swirls and marks and it will become obvious to everyone around you, it won’t look good and will be harder to sell.
10. Make sure your new car will fit in the garage before you bring it home.
11. If possible, leave the kids with a babysitter. It will be much easier to ask questions (and hear the answers).
12. Check how many anchor points the car has – most 7 seaters only have three. Take your car seats with you and check if they will fit, especially if you have to fit three.
13. Make sure your pram / sports equipment / groceries will fit in the boot – with the door closed.
14. Remember that stamp duty is usually not included in the cost of the car, so don’t blow your entire budget at the car yard.
15. Organise car insurance before picking your new car up. Accidents can and do happen up the road from the dealership.