Guide to Buying a New Car

Buying a New Car

Buying a new car can be an exciting time; there's glossy brochures and colour charts to pore over and a range of optional equipment and gadgets to choose. However, before you get caught up in the excitement, it's important to take a little time to think about two of the most important financial decisions you'll need to make: where you'll buy and how you'll pay. Getting these two options right could save you thousands of pounds.

New car buyers have more choice than ever before of where to shop, including franchised dealers, online brokers and massive car supermarkets. There are some great deals to be had, although it's always possible to haggle for an even better deal, to get the maximum amount of car for the minimum amount of money.

Before you buy your new car, you'll need to carry out a number of checks - taking it out on an extended test drive can help you find out just how it handles on all types of road, and whether you're happy and comfortable driving it. Once you do buy the car, you'll need to check it over carefully before you sign the paperwork to make sure it's in tip-top condition.

In this section, you'll find help and advice on choosing, test driving and negotiating the best price for your new car, along with some handy tips on the best ways to sell your old car.

Deciding What to Buy
A look at how to go about choosing your perfect vehicle.
Deciding Where to Buy
Learn about the pros and cons of buying from franchised dealerships, importers, brokers and car supermarkets.
Taking a Test Drive
Everything you need to know about going out on a test drive; from checking the visibility to assessing the ride noise.
Choosing Optional Extras
A look at which options and accessories for your new car may add value, and which may make it more difficult to re-sell.
Getting the Best Deal
Learning to negotiate successfully can mean saving thousands on your new car.
New Car Checks
Before taking your new car home, use this handy checklist to ensure that everything is exactly as it should be.
New Car Warranties
Find out about the mechanical insurance warranty offered by your new car's manufacturer.
Selling Your Current Car
Your guide to the many different options you have to sell your old car, to maximise the amount you have to spend on your new one.