Buy­ing a car can be a tricky business

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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.

Check­out on­line

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.

Deal­er­ships

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.

Fi­nanc­ing plans

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.

Doc­u­men­ta­tion

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!

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