Things You Must Check Before You Replace Your Car

Whether you are shopping for a brand new SUV to take you further than your old wheels, or simply want something more economical than your current vehicle, you might want to check some information on your current and future car, so you get the best deal and make your money go further. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most out of the value of your old car, and maximize your savings on your purchase. From credit advice to practical tips, you’ll find useful advice.

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Get Multiple Valuations

To work out the value of your current car, you will need to do an internet search first. Go on popular auction sites, such as Ebay to learn how much your current car generally goes for in your area. You need to consider the engine size, transmission, fuel type, condition, and even the color. Some colors are less popular than others, such as orange, green, and yellow in some countries, so they will be harder to sell, and this reflects on the retail price. Once you have an estimated worth, you can ask dealers for valuations, and compare the offers.

Check Trade-In Values

In some cases, selling your car privately is simply too much hassle. You can find a company that advertises with the slogan we buy cars for cash and save a lot of money and time. You might also want to compare the trade in value of your vehicle with the price offered by companies. If you are getting less if you are trading in, you might want to sell your car directly to a dealership or a private buyer and buy your new car with cash. This will also help you secure discounts and extras.  

Compare Insurance Cost

Before you would select the right car for your need, consider how much the insurance will cost. The faster your car will go the higher your monthly fees are likely to be. A sport car, on the other hand, might not be the most convenient solution if you have kids or need to do the shopping, and you might end up higher insurance premiums as well. Always get multiple insurance quotes before you would commit to buy a car to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Estimated Running Costs

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You will also have to work out how much running the new car will cost you. Once you know the fuel economy rating of the vehicle, and the price of the fuel you need, you can find out the monthly upkeep cost. However, you might have to take it back to the official dealer for checks every year, and this could increase your costs. If you don’t stick to this rule when buying a new car, your warranty might be void.


Every motor vehicle road user needs to pay a tax for maintaining the condition of the highways. The heavier and more powerful your new car is, the more tax you’ll end up paying. Before you choose the model, you should ask the dealer about the associated costs, so you can budget ahead, and don’t end up getting into debt or financial difficulties because of the car.

Dealer Incentives

Sometimes you need to choose your dealer carefully, and traveling long miles might pay off. A few brands have nationwide offers, such as free upgrades or discounts, while individual car dealers could also offer guarantees or free servicing, extra features to entice customers. You might want to contact several  dealerships in your area to get the best price on your new car and the right incentive for trading in your old vehicle.


It is always best to buy a car from a dealer that offers a warranty or parts and labor. If you buy the car new, this will be added to the package automatically. However, if your car is a few years old, the guarantee might be limited to some work and a few years. Always discuss this issue with the dealer before signing the dotted line, to avoid disappointment. You will also want to make sure that before you drive off in your new vehicle it is thoroughly checked, tested, and you will not have to carry out emergency repairs a few weeks down the line.

Selling Private or Trading In?

The greatest decision you will need to make is whether you sell your car privately or trade it in when choosing a new car. You might need to spend a few weekends visiting different car buyers and sellers, until you find the right combination. If you buy and sell at the same time, you can save a lot of time and hassle with the paperwork, but might not necessarily get the best deal. Work out whether it is worth running around for an extra few hundred dollars, or use the trade in price given by another company as a bargaining tool.

Do You Need to Buy Brand New?

The sad truth is that once you drive your new car out of the salon for a few miles, its value drops significantly. This is the reason it is important you make the right decision the first time. If you don’t mind getting a used car with a couple of thousand miles on the clock, you could save thousands of dollars. Cars that are still under the warranty and have been regularly serviced can be great alternatives to new vehicles. Once you buy this year’s model, its value drops further when the next year design is released for dealerships.

Whether you’re searching for a family vehicle or want to sell your old car to get your dream wheels, you need to maximize the value you are getting. Compare different trade in and private buyer offers to learn how much your current vehicle is worth. Visit multiple dealerships for the best prices, discounts, care plans, and extras that will keep you smiling for a long time. Ask for an estimated running costs and guarantees, so you don’t end up with a nasty surprise.  

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