Almost every week you’ll see an advert for a sale at your nearest car dealer, these price drops can be the perfect time for you to secure your perfect car for the perfect price. There are a few tricks you should learn though, before going in and parting with your hard-earned cash.

Know what you’re looking for

It’s important to know what kind of car you want to buy, it’s no good turning up with the intention of buying a new family car and returning with something that doesn’t accommodate your child seats. Once you’ve picked the style of car you want, conduct as much research into that area as you possibly can, knowing more about the car you want can help when trying pick the right specification and model.

Test drive

Test driving a car is imperative, it may seem perfect on paper, but if you’ve agreed to a 3-year finance agreement it could be disastrous if you despise the driving style and layout. If you can, make a shortlist of your preferred models and take them out a few weeks in advance. By trying different ranges of the same model, you can decide what features are a must have and what you can live without. By doing this early, it gives you the confidence to go in to the dealership and state what you need and they’ll appreciate a quicker sale at such a busy time!

Don’t be scared of buying a pre-owned car

There’s nothing better than taking delivery of a brand-new vehicle, but this luxury costs a lot more money and a lot more time. By picking a car with a couple of thousand miles on the odometer you can demand a better price for the vehicle and you don’t have to worry about the wearing in process for the engine, leaving you free to get on with driving the car in any way you see fit. Sale weekends can put huge discounts on an array of cars, if you find the car you’re looking for, don’t miss out on the deal because it isn’t the colour you wanted! By compromising and taking a slightly different colour or trim level, you can save yourself thousands of pounds with the bonus of immediate delivery.

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