Factors to keep in mind when in the market for your next car

When in the market for a new car, whether it be your first purchase or just looking to upgrade, the process may be quite daunting when you have no idea where to start when considering the plethora of options available nowadays. There are quite a few factors to keep in mind when on the lookout.

With this article, we hope to shed some light on the subject to help you gain some perspective to make the right choice for you.

1.Know your budget

When you have a set budget for purchasing a new car it could really help to narrow down your options. Whether buying cash or financing, it’s best to do your homework because there is more to a budget than just the value of the car. You need to factor in the registration fee, the monthly cost of insurance, fuel usage, upkeep, etc. When leasing or financing, keep in mind that your monthly premium may increase. Also, if you put down a bigger deposit, it may decrease your monthly premium.

When buying a new car one might opt for a preowned car. But make sure that you visit a trusted dealership to ensure that you purchase a quality car with a service record and all genuine parts. If you aren't careful, you might just invest in more debt trying to repair hidden faults.

2. Additional add-ons

    When looking at brand new cars, it's important to know your options. Nowadays you may customize most new cars to suit your needs. From safety to luxury, there is something to interest any potential buyer. One thing to always consider is additional airbags to ensure the safety of all your passengers. Other luxury additions that prove to be very useful may include rear parking assistance cameras, cruise control, centralized touch screen controls and navigation system, to name but a few!

    It is important to talk to the salespersons at the dealership, should you not know what add-ons are available, or if you are not sure how the additional features work. If you do have a tight budget though, it might be best to stick to the standard model of the car that you are interested in. It is important to know which additions are a necessity and whether you would actually use them in practicality.

    3. Fuel efficiency

    Another aspect that may also concern you is the fuel efficiency of the vehicle that you are interested in. Fuel efficiency will affect your budget in the long run. It is an important factor to consider especially if you are on the road quite frequently. When living in the city it might be best to opt for a car that is more fuel efficient when you have long daily commutes.

    Keep in mind that petrol and diesel prices are more likely to increase than decrease, so establish what you can afford to spend on a monthly basis. Then communicate with the dealership as they can and should give you a thorough estimate on the fuel efficiency of the car you're interested in.

    When deciding between a petrol and diesel driven car, remember that even though diesel might be cheaper, they create more engine noise. If the soft purr of a new engine does it for you, it may be best to stick to petrol.

    4. Take your time

    When you walk into the dealership today it doesn't mean that you need to drive out with your new vehicle on the same day. Choosing your new set of wheels for the next couple of years is a big decision that you need to really think through. After visiting the dealership and talking to the salesperson, schedule a test drive of the cars that caught your attention. Being in the driver's seat to actually feel what it would be like to drive your new car for the next 5 to 10 years could make choosing your new vehicle considerably easier. Ask the salesperson to demonstrate all the features of the car so that you can try them out for yourself to get the full experience.

    5. Do your own homework

    Doing some research to get a basic understanding of the vehicle you need to suit your lifestyle is very important. You need to know what your interests are and what features you desire. It's easy to get caught up in all the new fancy technologies even when it is something that you might not even need. Determine your budget and stick to it.

    After being at the dealership and doing all the test drives, narrow down your options. Make a pros and cons list and compare them with your day-to-day needs. Could your budget support this purchase? Does the vehicle have all the features that I need? Are there any additions that are irrelevant? Can this car keep up with my lifestyle? And most importantly, can I see myself driving this vehicle for the next 5 to 10 years and be happy?

    Time to make an informed decision

    When you have thoroughly thought through all of your options and compared each vehicle to your lifestyle, it's time to head on over to the dealership and choose your new vehicle.

    To help you make that informed decision, come and visit Fury Mazda Midrand. We offer a vast variety of used and new vehicles to choose from with educated and well-informed automotive experts that are eager to help you make this decision.

    We provide the highest standard of service delivery to suit your every need. When visiting our dealership in Midrand, know that we are committed to ensure that you will leave completely satisfied with your new set of wheels as we will be by your side throughout the whole process.

    For more information or to make an appointment, feel free to visit our website or contact us on +27 (0) 10 492 3700 and we will be happy to assist you.