Recently I was in the market for a new car. I knew this only because my husband told me that my tyres were worn, so were the brake pads, the car didn’t have enough “puff” to get up hills and the lease was up and it would be cheaper to refinance a new car. I think that’s the bit that pushed him over the edge.
The purchasing experience proved that indeed I am not a car person.
When faced with a salesman I spoke only about colours. Oh and the sound system.
Perhaps I was a month too late because these little tips from Nissan sure could have helped me.
They write “What you need to know when buying a new car is how it will address your own specific needs. You can read brochures, websites, reviews which will tell you all about the car specifications but how does this translate into your lifestyle and what you need from a car?”
Apparently your car buying needs can be broken down into 6 categories – not all of them will be as important or matter as much – so you should o rank them in order of priority and prepare your questions accordingly. (Don’t go in like me and ask about shades of black)
– how safe is this car vs. the competitors?
– how will it drive in the wet / at night?
– has it been tested and rated by ANCAP?
– how will my family be protected in the event of an impact?
– is there a rear camera or park assist to avoid incidents in driveways or whilst parking?
– can it carry the load that I regularly have?
– will it tow my caravan/boat etc.?
– can I fit my 3 kids, prams and luggage when going away and not feel the load?
– how often do I need to service the car?
– is it good for long-distance travel?
– what sort of gearbox does it have, is it easy to drive?
– What options does it come with? Colours? Variants?
– How long is it? Will it fit in my garage?
– can I add a sunroof
– is privacy glass standard so my belongings stay out of sight?
– is this the latest design?
– do I have a choice of wheels?
– What sort of headlights are they?
– Do roof rails come standard?
– How much leg/head room is there inside?
– To what degree can you adjust the seats? Is there lumber support?