Top three tips for buying a car

is now gearing themselves up for Christmas and the New Year. Of course Christmas is about buying presents for family and friends so it is likely that treats for yourself will have to be put off until 2017.

But when January 1 arrives, what present shall you bestow upon yourself - a car? Remember there are many questions to ask before you splash the cash on a new set of wheels.

Here at the advertiser.ie we give you the top three tips to follow when purchasing a new ride.

Places to look

From car dealer showrooms, websites to newspapers classifieds there are numerous places where one can find a new car. Shopping around will also give you a good idea about the average price for the type of car you want. This means you can work out your budget and plan how you will pay for the car.

Check our classifieds.advertiser.ie for some great offers on cars.

Timing

Something that a lot of drivers buying a new car forget is the period in which they purchase can affect the price. If there is a new model about to be launched, there is a strong chance that there will be a number of cheaper trade-ins available at the car dealership.

Another important point to remember is that car salespeople and car dealers receive bonuses for reaching a target every month. Visiting a car dealership towards the end of the month may well pay off for your pocket as the dealer may well want to strike a deal with you if the quota has not been achieved.

Trading in can pay off

It is well known that trading in your old car for the new purchase will lighten the blow on the bank account. However, before you play your trump card make sure to look online for similar models and visit a few car dealerships to get a good idea of the price you would get if you were only selling.

When trading in do not let the dealer know the plan straight off the bat. Find out how much the car would cost if you had no trade-in. Then ask what price you would pay for the car if you trade in your current one. The difference between both prices will tell you the value the dealer is placing on your trade-in.

There is also no harm in bringing along maintenance records of your old car. Might save you a few euro as well.

So that is it. The advertiser.ie top three tips for buying a new car. Get buying and driving.

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