Australia – the land of the free… and also the sixth largest country in the world. We’ve got a hell of a lot of space, over 7.6 million square kilometers, and some serious kilometers to clock between to travel between cities.
So buying a car is pretty much a rite of passage for all Australian’s. But there are a lot of things to consider before buying your first set of wheels, more than just the make, model and how good you look standing next to it. Because what you don’t know could hurt you…
Know your budget
Knowing your price limit will keep you on track through the buying process and less distracted by cars that are outside your budget.
Keep it flexible but know your maximum. Don’t forget to factor in things like insurance and registration – there is no point in having a set of wheels you can’t get on the road!
Know its purpose
Define what you want the car for and what your driving needs are. If you’re a city slicker then you’ll be thinking about size and parking, if you’re a rural dweller you may need something with a bit more power and off-road capabilities. Do you need room for kids or surfboards? Boot space for equipment? Knowing what you need from a car will help you find the perfect fit.
New or used?
This comes down to budget and personal preference. Something to think about – a car loses value as soon as it’s driven off the lot, so why not let someone else drive it and then buy it at a reduced price. And to combat any used car lemons, stick to cars still under factory warranty.
It may tick all the boxes on paper but how it is in person may be a different story. Do a bit of reading and research to see what people think. Head to http://www.motoring.com.au/ and type in your model and make for reliable reviews, comparisons and advice.
Don’t rush your decision
Take your time when choosing your first car. Don’t falter under the pressure of a dealer – their job is to SELL SELL SELL. You know what you want and need so don’t let them rush you or push you into a decision you’re not 100% sure about. Take the time to get it right.
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