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Why buy now?Back

As we approach January and face a post-Christmas downturn in sales, it is actually a great time to start thinking about purchasing a new or used car.

Usually the quieter periods during the year such as January guarantee you a cheaper priced car and more choice of car available, so if you still have cash at your disposal, you could leave the forecourt with a real bargain this month.

One of the advantages of buying a new car now is that cars are constantly developing and offering more comfort and entertainment for occupants. Not to mention the fact that cars are much better to drive than ten years ago. You don’t have to pay a fortune to benefit from mod cons such as remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, air conditioning and an excellent quality sound system – all included as standard on many of the newer models of car.

Another bonus to purchasing a newer car is that it is more likely to be safer, which is better for drivers, passengers and pedestrians too. Look for 5 star occupant protection in the Euro NCAP tests to benefit from the ultimate safety. You should also make sure your car has anti-lock brakes and a minimum of six airbags where possible.

There are lots of other clever gadgets offered in newer cars to help make your life easier such as cars that park themselves, cars that wake their drivers when they sense they are becoming drowsy as well as cruise control which helps you to follow the car ahead at a safe distance.

New cars also offer greener credentials which in turn will save you money in tax and fuel economy. Many full-size family cars can achieve up to 70mpg whilst emitting as low as one tenth of the CO2 that cars in the mid-1990s produced.

Warrantees are also much longer, with manufacturers such as Kia now offering their customers an amazing seven-year/100,000 mile warranty on all of their cars. Hyundai, Daihatsu and Fiat also offer a five year warranty on cars, with the standard warranty currently set at 3 years.

Finally, look out for the best deals as many manufacturers are currently offering different incentives to entice customers in the New Year, so it’s well worth comparing and contrasting who is offering what, to reach a decision on which brands offer the best value for money.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 29/12/2011