Buying a car can be a tricky business
Being an uninformed customer is the worst thing that can happen as the market is full of buyers and dealers looking to cheat their way into a deal. Follow some simple rules before making your purchase and make an informed decision when buying a car.
Do thorough homework before heading out to a dealership. The internet offers lots of useful information so find what is relevant to your needs. After short-listing the basic qualities you want your car to have - look for these in all models and brands. Looking at possible competitive products with similar specifications and comparing their prices is also a good idea.
Exterior and Interior
The exterior may not matter to a lot of people but you must look inside. Acar is a long-term expense so go for a vehicle that will be feasible in the next 5-6 years. Decide on whether you want the typical SUV, smart car or one of those box shaped Japanese cars trending in the markets these days. Pay close attention to the color options as well. It is advisable to not buy a peculiar color at a mere hunch. Buy a neutral color that you can live with day in and out. A hot orange car may look good for a month but it may also scorch your eyes in the painfully long summer of Pakistan!
The interior is important as that is the place where you end up living - metaphorically speaking. A good looking interior is advisable but do not compromise on comfort. Look for different kinds of seats installed and the one offered in your car. Also look at the head and leg space on each seat. After that, take a look at the storage capacity. Bag and cup holders, a big hood and extensive dashboards are good options. Do remember that all cars may not offer everything. Make a priority list and choose the car that suits your needs best.
Many buyers tend to overlook this step and move on to buying the car. Do not make this mistake. Take a look at different dealerships, their inventories and compare prices. If you find price differences, do inquire about them. You can compare prices by visiting various websites from the comfort of your home. This will inform the dealership owner about your awareness and chances of you being ripped off would be less.
Most people cannot purchase a car on full cash upfront and financing plans are important for them. Take an extensive look at all banks and loan options out there. Compare the total rate of returns charged and also the monthly installments. In some cases, a higher monthly installment is better than an overall higher rate of interest. Always remember, the more installments you get - the more you are paying for the car. Look for a smaller duration loan with a comparatively higher installment, if you can afford it.
Everybody knows that you need to get the car papers - but that’s not what we are talking about. Take your CNIC and two passport size photos with you. The requirements may vary between dealers but these requirements are constant. Check your car registration booklet carefully and match the chassis and engine number with your car. Make sure that you get every legal document required before driving back. Dealers are usually not very helpful once the purchase has commenced.
To conclude, get a car which is engineered towards your needs and drive safe!