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If you’re heading off to University for the first time, owning your own car can be a real lifeline, providing you with the freedom to come and go as you please, but it’s important to pick something that’s right.
Take a look below at Trusted Dealers’ tips for students considering buying a car this September.
If you’re considering buying a new or used car for the first time, September is a great month to do it, and here’s the reasons why:
Finance deals – there are some great finance deals available from dealers on new and used cars, making it possible for you purchase the
right car at an affordable price.
Low interest rates – dealers are offering record low interest rates on new and used cars. Couple that with the current manufacturer discounts on certain models and a new car has never looked more attractive.
When considering the cost of a car, always factor into the equation its running costs. As well as the living costs associated with living away from home, the last thing you want to do is cripple yourself with the cost of running an expensive car. Make sure you look at the monthly costs such as road tax, car insurance, what it costs to replace parts, service the vehicle etc. This must all be considered before you sign on the dotted line.
City cars are the most popular with students, the reason being that they are cheaper to own and run than many of the larger vehicles on the road. Furthermore, they’re not too flash, so you can worry less about your car getting stolen or damaged from outside your student digs.
First time buyers can be more vulnerable to dishonest sellers because they may not be familiar with the right questions to ask. Don’t be blinded by fancy gadgets and fresh paintwork, and avoid paying over the odds for a car that simply isn’t worth what its being advertised for. Do some research before you enter into any deal either online or by visiting one of our trusted dealerships and speaking with a franchised dealer.
If you’re looking for a bargain, a pre-registered vehicle often comes with delivery mileage, meaning you may be able to receive a discount of more than 20 per cent off the new list price. Pre-registered cars are effectively brand new cars that are discounted because they’ve had one registered owner.
When negotiating a deal, buyers should always push for the best offer they can, whether that be free insurance for a year, low monthly instalments on PCP payments, 0% finance deals or all three! Be mindful of the fact there are some really great deals and offers to be had at the moment that will significantly bring down your monthly costs.
Before you buy any car, always make sure it has been checked. All of the cars from Trusted Dealers have been Experian or HPI checked to ensure they are neither lost or stolen, owe any outstanding finance, have been in a previous accident or even written off. Make certain you do not expose yourself to any nasty surprises later down the line. For further information on vehicle checks, click here.