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    5 Questions to consider when shopping for a New Car

    5 Questions to consider when shopping for a New Car

    Life right now is a difficult and challenging time for everyone, our normal lives have been restricted resulting in all sorts of delays and setbacks.

    Buying a new car may be the biggest purchase you make in any year, and should be a pretty exciting occasion for anyone, but things might be different now you can’t visit a showroom.

    Traditionally, this is a time where you can indulge in purchasing the set of wheels you’ve always dreamt of by visiting a few different dealers, but given we’re living in very different times right now with zero test driving and ‘click and collect’ only, what should you be considering right now when shopping for a new car?

    To help you make the most painless purchase possible, we asked the experts at Design 911 to whittle it down to 5 essential questions to consider.


    hugging new car in showroom

    What are my key requirements?

    Knowledge is power when it comes to buying a new set of wheels. To make sure you are buying the car with the most style and functionality in your life, it is imperative to be knowledgeable about your essential requirements.

    For example, if you need a spacious car to fit the family in, you may have to compromise a little on fuel efficiency. The risk of theft is unavoidably higher if you are purchasing a luxury vehicle too, so it is important to consider where you will store your new car.

    If you do not have a garage, perhaps additional security features such as advanced locking should be the priority. Whatever it may be, it is suggested that car buyers make a list to prioritize what they really need against more superficial wants.


    steering wheel of new car

    Do I want to consider an eco-friendly car?

    There are a lot of stylish and environmentally friendly options for consumers today, and with an increased awareness of climate change, many car buyers are considering eco-friendly cars.

    For instance, electric cars have had a surge in popularity and are run on electricity, rather than more environmentally damaging sources such as petrol and gas.

    Whilst the obvious advantage of having a ‘green car’ is lower emissions and more environmentally friendly power source options, these vehicles are often high maintenance with parts that are much more expensive to replace.

    Research and weigh up the pros and cons of pursuing an eco-friendly car to see whether it can benefit your lifestyle.

    What type of fuel would best suit my car?

    In the past, drivers would opt for a type of fuel and then must compromise on the car or its performance on road. Although there is less compromise needed nowadays, there is a type of fuel that is best for the environment, your driving habits and your budget.

    Additional factors to consider is the fuel economy, the cost, the tax and how it will affect the longevity of your vehicle.

    Particularly if you are opting for a hybrid car, it is important to consider how long the car’s battery cell will last, how much it will cost to replace and whether the company you are purchasing your car from have a battery leasing scheme to combat this problem.


    looking under bonnet of car

    Is this predominantly for longer or shorter drives?

    Heated oil protects the engine from damage and stops putting components under pressure whilst driving.

    As technology has advanced, engines have been designed for rapid oil warming meaning that short journeys with a lot of stop-and-start driving are no longer a concern for your engines wear.

    Instead, car buyers who aim to use their car predominantly for short journeys can opt for an engine that can build in oil pressure quickly.

    If your new vehicle is going to be used mainly for long journeys, an engine with more litres should be chosen as the extra power will allow for safer acceleration.

    What is the best time to buy a new car?

    So, you have your sights set on your perfect car, but it might be worth targeting your purchase to a specific month to get the best deal.

    Car dealers often have sales targets to meet, and their bonuses are usually targeted every quarterly. Therefore, March, June, September and December can be the best time to buy a new car.


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