There’s nothing quite like buying a new car. Whether you’re the type of person who purchases one straight from the manufacturer or you’re into used and second-hand cars, it’s a magical feeling when you drive off in your next vehicle and start a new chapter in your life.
Below, we’ve put together some of the things you need to consider when buying a new car.
Check it for marks and scratches
Before you sign on the dotted line and drive off in your new car, it pays to inspect it when you get to the car garage or dealership. Walk around the vehicle and ensure it has no new scratches or damage, and then do the same internally. Once you’ve signed that you’re happy with the car, the chances are that the garage won’t be able to do anything for you, so double-check and consider taking a friend or your partner with you for an extra pair of eyes.
Get your paperwork in order
Now you’re the owner of a new vehicle, think of paperwork and administration. As well as car insurance, you might need to contact your employer so your new car is recognized when you get to work in your usual parking spot, and you’ll need to contact the DVLA for your vehicle log book (V5C). Doing it as soon as possible will save time and unnecessary headaches.
Make sure you’re insured
You must arrange the right level of car insurance from collection day and cancel your previous policy, or have an overlap, so you’re covered when driving your old car to the garage. The good news is that many insurers will simply switch the cover, but you must call them in advance to be sure. We recommend calling your insurance company a week to two weeks before you collect your new car so they have enough time to process your request.
Start thinking about your next one
Now you’ve settled on your new car, it’s time to start thinking about the future. Some people hold onto their cars for 5 or 10 years, whereas others can’t go a year without upgrading their cars. Whichever camp you fall into, it’s great fun checking out the competition and deciding what you will upgrade to next time. If you’re feeling lucky, you might even decide to enter a competition to win a Mini Cooper – imagine bringing home a new car you’ve not paid for!?
Take a picture
It’s always nice to look back on your old cars, so make sure you take a picture to look back on the day you picked up the vehicle. It’ll also serve as a reminder of the date you bought it – and you can track the number of miles you’ve done since. If you’re that way inclined, you may even decide to take a few cheeky selfies and put them on Instagram to let everyone know it’s New Car Day, though we recommend blurring your number plate for your privacy.
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