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What Should I Look for in a New Car?

When you’re looking to buy a new car, it’s highly likely that you will be completely bombarded with choice. Every friend, family member and co-worker is likely to have an opinion on what you should buy, and you’ll end up with so many conflicting options that it’s hard to know what to go for.

But don’t worry, help is at hand. Here, we take a look at the top four things you should look for/ consider when buying a new car.

#4 Variety

Don’t be tied too heavily to one brand. This is a common mistake that many prospective buyers face. Although you may have had one good Vauxhall, this doesn’t mean that the rest will be as well. Plus, by tying yourself completely to one brand, you’re massively reducing your options.

Instead, start your search broadly before narrowing down your options. The best place to start is at a car supermarket such as RRG. By visiting a car supermarket, you can see a wide variety of brands under one roof. Although they usually specialise in one brand, such as Toyota, the used car section will be stocked with a number of different brands, giving you the best possible choice.

From here, you can narrow down your options and do further research, but ensure you see them all in the flesh before making a decision on brand or model.

#3 Economy

The price of petrol has begun to rise once more. As such, the less you can spend on petrol the better, so focus on economy during your search; especially if you’re a long distance commuter.

Even if you only fill up three times less over a year, that’s going to be a saving of well over £100, so it’s well worth considering. Nowadays, top manufactures such as Vauxhall and Ford are placing a focus on economy, bringing out 1.0-litre engines in their smaller models such as the Fiesta and the Corsa.

If you’re looking for economy, try these 1.0-litre engines. They may be small but they certainly pack a punch, so open your mind and go for a test drive.

#2 Safety

Safety should always be a top priority when you’re driving; especially if you’re travelling with children.

Car safety is far more advanced than it once was, but some cars are still better than others. So, make sure that you make a conscious decision on safety when you buy and check a car’s NCAP safety rating. That way you’re protected if the worst should happen.

#1 Reliability

Finally, you want a car that’s ready to go when you are. As such, reliability is the most important factor when you’re buying your car. Admittedly, with used cars, this can be difficult, but check the car’s general reliability scores, online reviews and closely check its MOT and service history. That way, you can’t go far wrong.

© Tushar Parmar 2016