When buying a new car, it is important to do plenty of research beforehand to ensure that you are buying a vehicle that is right for your needs, and that you are buying at the right price. Even if you plan on going to a dealership, it is best to come equipped with as much knowledge as possible so that you can make an informed decision about the car you would like to buy.
A car is an expensive asset, so you want your hard-earned money to be used wisely.
It is also likely an asset you will keep for a number of years so you don’t want to find yourself wanting to trade it in after only a few months. Fortunately, with so many cars for sale listed online, it is relatively easy to compare different new cars and the prices you can expect to pay for them.
How do I compare new cars online?
One of the major benefits about comparing new cars online is that you are not limited to your own immediate and accessible area – you are able to compare new cars and prices from all over the country, providing you with a comprehensive pool of research before you sign on the dotted line.
When comparing new cars online, you should always have an idea of what you are looking for in a car – who will be using it? What will you be using it for? Above all, a car should be practical to your particular needs and fit your lifestyle.
Once you have decided on the kind of car you are looking for, a good technique is to look at different car reviews from objective sources. There are plenty of blogs that test drive and compare new vehicles before writing a review on that particular make and model. This is a good way of getting good perspective about the vehicle before you decide to test drive it yourself.
You can also consult one of the many websites dedicated to new and used car sales, reading up on the features of the vehicle you are interested in.
How do I compare prices online?
There are a number of South African websites that specialise in selling new and used cars online. This means that you can also turn to these websites to compare car prices online. When comparing prices, it is important to ensure that you are comparing “apples to apples”. In other words, you need to make sure that you are not only comparing the same model, but that you are comparing the different features of the particular car to ensure that they are the same.
One price may seem low in comparison to other prices, but when you read the description you may notice that the car doesn’t have the same safety features or entertainment features of other cars you have been comparing it to. When comparing car prices online, it is important to read the full description of the cars so that you can compare them fairly and accurately.
Good websites to consult are:
To find websites of the same nature, simply type “new car sales South Africa” (or similar terms) into a search engine and see what comes up.
Never rush into buying a car, be it new or used. You need to do your research and be patient, starting with a list of cars you would like and then comparing both the cars and their prices. Decide on budget and stick to it! If you find that the car you are looking for exceed what you can pay for it, rather find another model.
Remember that you budget doesn’t only include the actual price of the car – you also need to take into consideration the cost for ensuring the car, and the amount it would cost to make any repairs or buy spares for that particular make and model should something go wrong.
Armed with the knowledge you gleaned online, you can also approach car dealerships with accurate information and may be able to bargain them down to prices you saw on the internet. If you plan on doing this, be sure that the prices you present are accurate otherwise the car dealer will know that you are unsure about how much you should be paying for the car.