Tips for buying a car

Whether you are purchasing a new or used car, buying a car is a very exciting time –
 but there are many things to consider. Here are our top 10 tips.

1. Once you’ve decided on your dream car, consider getting a pre-approved car loan
so that you know exactly how much you have to spend. That way you have bargaining
power when negotiating the final sale price.

2. It is important to consider all of the features of the different car loans, such as fixed
or variable rate, as well as the interest rate when comparing them, such as whether
you can repay extra and if you can redraw those extra repayments and what loan fees
you have to pay.

3. You can research different car models, features, and prices on the Internet. The
 Red Book website is useful for finding out the market value of used and new cars,
especially if you have a trade-in to offer.

4. If you are buying a car through a dealer, make sure you negotiate a ‘drive away
 price’ rather than a weekly payment plan. You may think that you’re getting a great
deal by bundling finance and paying a low weekly rate, but beware – the repayment
 period may be longer than you think and in the end the total cost of the car could be
 far more than what you expected.

5. If you want help finding a car, consider using www.autobizz.com.my. They will do
a national search for the car you want, help you get the best price without the run
 around and even arrange transport and registration.

6. If you’re looking at a used car, ensure that it is not still under finance as it could
end up being repossessed by the financier leaving you out of pocket. Use this
checklist to help you ensure you get the right car.

7. Another smart option for used cars is to have the car inspected to ensure the
car is mechanically sound through your local mechanic or Automobile Association.

8. Use a checklist when looking at a car to help you focus on the important features
so you don’t miss anything. Your local automobile association has handy checklists
you can download from their website.

9. Don’t forget other expenses, like stamp duty and car insurance. It’s a good idea to
 get a quote for vehicle insurance before you buy the car so that you know your ongoing
expense. Then once you’ve bought the car your insurer can start your policy immediately,
 giving you peace of mind.

10. Keep in mind that it takes much more money to keep a car running than simply
paying off the loan. On average, the total cost of car ownership is around 1.5 times
 higher than the cost of paying off the loan. Remember to budget for car insurance,
petrol and regular  maintenance such as servicing, new tyres and registration.

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