Buying a new car is one of the most exciting things that a person can do. It is a big expense but it is also the case of buying yourself freedom of movement. Furthermore the type of car you drive says a lot about who you are and the image that you project. So it is a major investment on a lot of levels. But when you buy a new car there are a lot of things to think about. And in this instance we are not talking about things like affordability, colour schemes and interior design, we are talking about the little things that are often forgotten or which go completely unnoticed. Here’s a list to help you think smartly when you invest in new wheels.
Just how new is new?
There is brand new and then there is shop-soiled. Dealers go to a lot of trouble to make sure that new cars are exactly that – new. They move them around on the back of trucks. Driving on highways you will often see car carriers Brisbane to Sydney or Perth. They are hauling new vehicles along those routes to ensure the mileage stays as close to zero as possible. If you buy one of these cars you are buying something that has genuinely never been driven before. Demonstration models, which are also considered new, are often seen as real bargains because they are considerably cheaper than the non-test-driven counterparts, but remember, people like to put a car through its paces when they test drive it, so the bargain you think you are getting might not be that great after all. There is a reason dealers go to such lengths to keep new vehicles un-driven.
Putting it through its paces
When you get a new car the temptation is very real to put the car through its paces – to drive it hard and show off to your friends. This is a very bad idea and one that should be avoided at all costs. The truth is that new cars need to be broken in if you want to ensure that they last long and perform at the highest possible level for as long as possible. So start by not pushing it to its limits, either in terms of the revolutions per minute or the speed. In short, keep it away from the red end of the dials.
Cruise control is no go
Like the above, driving your new wheels with the car in cruise control is not a good idea. It is also part of the breaking in process and according to experts, a new car that is driven in cruise control for too long will tend to work optimally at one RPM range and not as well at others. So by all means, check that the cruise control technology is working, but don’t leave it in operation for too long.
Always do the maths
New cars are great, but make sure that you are not paying over the odds for yours. And by that we mean, if you are getting your wheels financed then do the sums to see exactly how much you are going to end up paying for the car, because unless you are paying cash, you will end up paying a lot more for the car than the accrual book value. The more you are able to put down as a deposit the better off you will be.