Buying a new car is very exciting; my Dad’s had a fair amount of new cars during my lifetime, and it’s kind of become tradition now for me to go to the car garages with him to help him choose one. Everything I know about cars (and that’s actually quite a bit) I know because my dad taught me. Call me sad, but a Dad’s knowledge and expertise can come in handy when you least expect it.
For instance, if you’re thinking of buying a new car after winter, there are a few things you should be aware of. Read on to find out extra steps to take when buying a new car after winter…
Look for good winter features.
Depending on when exactly you’re looking to buy your car, you’ll want to consider different things; if you’re looking at buying a car towards the end of the winter months, but you think the cold weather is going to continue for a bit longer, it’s worth finding one with appropriate features: heated seats can make cold mornings that little bit more bearable, and heated windscreens will make it much faster and easier to thaw out any evening frost left on your car. If you live in an area prone to lots of winter snow, talk to the salesperson about snow tyres, or ask for other advice on preparing your tyres for snow-driving.
Remember that cars depreciate in value.
If you’re looking at last year’s model, there’s a good chance it’s already a year old. Cars depreciate in value very fast nowadays; buying a new car that’s already a year old could mean you effectively lose out on money; as soon as you drive it off the forecourt, you’re no longer in a new car, yet you’ve paid a premium price because you’re the first owner. However, that’s not to say that an older model is not more reliable. Often a brand new model will still be in its trial period, so it may end up being a much more worthy investment to buy the newest version available of the older model.
Remember your value as a customer.
During the winter months, business is very slow for car salespeople; whether it’s due to snow days, or simply because everyone seems to be extra busy in winter. Whatever the reason, car salespeople will be more than ready to help you after having had very quiet months for sales. Use your powers of negotiation wisely; if you’re looking ahead to spring and summer, you may snap up a great deal on a convertible. The salesperson will be itching to get rid of leftover models from the previous year; use clever tactics to get them to drop the price and drive home with a bargain. They still get a sale and you get a good deal, its win-win.
Many people forget that after the winter months, they’ll be faced with a lot of bills to pay. Due to Christmas and New Year, we’re often left with higher credit card bills than usual, due to the many gifts we buy. That’s not all; our domestic bills usually increase during winter as it’s far colder than the rest of the year. If you’re looking to buy a new car, it’s important that you take these higher bills into account; otherwise you could find yourself in a sticky situation later on in the year.
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