It can be a difficult task to buy a new or used vehicle and the decision is more stressful due to the number of options and vehicle brands available. Therefore, it is important to do proper research before committing to anything. Here are a few things you should consider:

  • Have you decided on a budget? Bear in mind that there are many other costs involved, such as insurance cover and maintenance costs. Take all of this into consideration.
  • Do you want to buy a new or used vehicle?
  • What deposit do you have? Or are you going to finance the vehicle?
  • What feature don’t you like in your current vehicle, and why?
  • When comparing your current vehicle, what features do you want in a new car?
  • For what purpose is the vehicle going to be used and who is going to be driving it most of the time?
  • Think about three things you would like in a new car.
  • Is this going to be a family car?
  • Are you going to be towing anything?
  • Do you drive a lot, and how many kilometres a year?
  • Do you prefer petrol over diesel, or hybrid vehicles, and a manual over automatic? Consider the many differences.
  • Does the vehicle have all the safety features?
  • Will the vehicle be used on-road, off-road or both?
  • Do you have enough garage or parking space?

Usually the above questions should be asked by the dealer/salesperson. If not, you should perhaps consider another dealership.

By Wanita Wallace