Everyone loves the idea of buying a new vehicle, whether it be a classic, a new daily or just something that you have had your eyes on for quite some time. Something to spend endless weekends tinkering with in the drive way, finding those new features you didn’t know it had or for our import friends - maybe some food from 20 years ago shoved into the seat rails! it can be a fun and daunting experience at the same time.
The stress of vehicle purchasing can be difficult, especially with factors such as finance, growing registration costs, maintenance it may need. Problems it may already have?! (Trust me, we’ve all been there, my current BMW proves that to a tee)
Here are a few factors that can make the purchase a lot smoother for you, some may be blatantly obvious and some you may have overlooked in the past. I’ll split them in to a few categories, new/used. Used will come at a later date, thats a big topic alone!
Do your research! This is critical, not specifically on the make or model. This is usually well decided before you even walk into a dealership. But speak with your contact there, rather than just asking for specs, 0-100km/h times. Look into servicing costs, whats included in the warranty, does the dealer want to just up sell you on everything or do they have your best interests in mind? What are the finance terms?
Always ask for the best possible deal, there is always wiggle room on pricing. No matter what the vehicle may be. Look on carsales, gumtree, carsguide for the make and model with as close specifications as the one you have seen at the dealership. You’d be surprised how the pricing fluctuates around the country. Speak with your dealer about matching it, you could definitely save yourself a few bucks off the sticker price.
If you decide on a demo, look over the vehicle. This is definitely an obvious one, but a lot of things do get overlooked. Generally the demo has anywhere from 100km-2000km on the clock. Its seen some washes & details. Check the vehicle for any marks, anything covered up. I’d recommend speaking with your local detailer, get them to come with you for the inspection prior to signing any paperwork. Check over the paintwork, the interior. Is there any stone chips?Is there any scrapes on the bottom of the bumper bars? Are the door jambs or badges caked in polish residue? Are there any burn throughs from polishing? A quick 20-minute inspection could save you hours of headache, or your detailer days of pain!
Even for a brand spanking new vehicle, take your time to look over it. If you are wanting to go down the protection path, whether it be DIY or taking it to a professional, ask your dealer not to wash or prep the car prior to delivery. This can be a bit of back and forth, but it will make everyones life easier. Your paintwork will be exactly how it left the factory, you will be the first person to make any sort of contact with it. This may seem like a small thing, but buying a brand new car and your the first person to ever wash it? C’mon that’s a milestone.
Research again! 90% of this process is doing some googling or asking some friends and family. Things like window tinting shouldn’t cost $700 from your dealership.. Yes its enticing when its placed onto a finance deal making it an extra $4 a week or something. Look at local businesses, see what benefits they have and what will suit your needs. Most window films are very similar, but go with someone and a brand that has a proper warranty. One small recommendation is SunTek which has a true lifetime warranty. Rather than something overly expensive that boasts a warrantable film but you can only clean it with their $24 bottle of window cleaner? Same goes with any paint or interior protection, we have seen quotes of up to $5,000. For something that is done in the space of 3-4 hours? Talk to your detailers, ask them their opinion on what will suit your needs. How you will look after the car, how you will drive the day. At the end of the day its their job to help you reduce your time spent cleaning as much as possible.
This is such a popular topic, we will be touching on this a lot more in the future. Along with a good guide to buying used vehicles, along with some new how-to’s both in video and blog format to suit everyone. Some like watching, some like reading. We aim to please.