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How to Buy Your Car the Smart Way

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Published January 22nd 2017
Whether you are purchasing a budget priced second-hand vehicle as your first car or upgrading to the latest car on the market, it is important to do your research.

By following the handy tips below, you can avoid common car-buying mistakes and ensure you end up with a car you'll love for years to come!

  • 1) Deciding which type of car you want to buy

    When choosing which car to buy, don't be tempted by the latest technological advancements and luxury features, consider your lifestyle and your needs.

  • 2) Searching for a car online

    Now you have a good idea of what you want and it's time to check out what information is available to you. It's easy these days to find comprehensive reviews and information on the car's safety features, fuel consumption and environmental concerns on the manufacturer's website or on review sites such as or The Motor Report. Also, consider warranty, the car's potential resale value and model cycle.

  • 3) Private seller or dealers

    You can purchase your car privately or through an auction or dealership. To make sure you are getting value for money, ask for all-inclusive quotes from a handful of different sellers and dealerships. The price should include dealer fees, stamp duty and registration.

  • 4) New or Used

    Used cars can be affordable and ideal for first car owners, but make sure to check out the car's full history at

  • 5) Test Drive

    After narrowing down your selection, focus on getting behind the wheel and going for a thorough test-drive in a range of conditions. Also take your time and consider how the car handles and ongoing running costs like fuel, maintenance and insurance.

  • 6) Mechanical Check

    Organise for a used or new car inspection, warranty inspection and owner vehicle condition inspection with a reliable independent vehicle inspector such as RAA.

  • 7) Car Finance

    Choose a lender or a car finance broker that suits your budget and needs.

  • 8) Legal Paperwork

    Only sign when you are satisfied with the entire package - if the car needs any upgrades, make sure it is completed before you finalise the deal.

  • 9) Drive Away

    Enjoy your new car!

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