If the new year means a new car for you, there are a few things you should bear in mind, before you buy. In the latest blog post from Griffin Autos, we discuss top tips for looking for a new vehicle.

Firstly, shopping for a new car should be an enjoyable experience. You’ll be spending a few thousand pounds, so it’s necessary to make sure that your new purchase suits your requirements and what you need the car for.

Don’t forget About Depreciation

Whilst you should always choose a car based on research and how it fits in with your own needs, considering the depreciation value of your car can also be useful, and especially so when it comes to reselling the vehicle.

There are a number of comparison sites that can provide you with an estimate of depreciation. In April 2018, Money Supermarket stated that the top three cars to lose the most value after three years of ownership or 36,000 miles are Renault Zoe I-Dynamique Nav Quick Charge, Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTDM-2 and the Fiat Doblo 1.6 Multijet 120 Active (Eco Pack). On the other hand, the top three car brands to hold their value are MINI, Audi and Volkswagen.

How Will You Buy

Some people hate walking into car dealerships, knowing that they will have someone attempting to sell to them. However, it is now possible to buy a new car online. Whilst you benefit from seeing the car in person when you visit a dealership, when you buy online, you have the following benefits:
No haggling and good prices
A wide range of choice, meaning you can choose the exact specification you want
You can buy a car, without having to listen to a sales pitch

One thing to bear in mind, before you commit to a sale online is what test drive options are available. Test driving your new car is extremely important and always advisable.

Be Prepared

If you do decide to buy a car in person, you should make sure you’re prepared, so you don’t end walking out of the dealership with a car you’re unhappy with. Decide on the type and specification of the car you want and how much you’d like to pay. Remember, the price you see on the windscreen of the car should always be viewed as the starting point for negotiation, not the end price.

Griffin Autos

Here at Griffin Autos, we provide a wide range of services to ensure your car, no matter its age runs safely. If you would like to book an appointment with us, please call today on 01525 402896 or send your enquiry through to our online contact form.