10 Things to Ask When Viewing a Car
There is nothing quite as exciting as buying a car for the very first time or upgrading your existing model. You might have your dream car in mind and already spent time researching it online. There are however, still a few things to keep in mind when viewing a car to make sure you don’t make an expensive mistake. Your lifestyle and unique circumstances will be the biggest determining factor when choosing a car, but we’ve compiled a list of 10 Things to Ask When Viewing a Car that will come in handy when taking a trip to your local car dealership.
1. Little Things Make a Big Difference
We’ve gotten used to so many comfort features that it might irritate you to find your new car doesn’t have adequate storage space or enough cup holders.
2. Sensible Design
Don’t be distracted by the impressive dashboard displays and flashy configurations. It’s more important that the controls are within easy reach and where they make the most sense. Are the display screens easy to view and operate, or are they just for show?
3. Compatibility and Connectivity
Before you get too excited about the Bluetooth, WiFi connectivity and all sorts of other nifty features, make sure they function well with your mobile device, otherwise it will only be a major source of frustration.
4. Comfort is Key
It makes sense to get into the driver’s seat, but also jump into the back. You will probably spend a lot of time in the car navigating traffic or going on family holidays. So, you want to make sure that you’re comfortable, but you also don’t want complaints from your passengers about uncomfortable seats to spoil the trip.
5. Take Control
Climate and sound. These terrible twins are often the source of conflict between driver and passengers. Ask about the car’s air conditioning and how effectively it pumps out and distributes hot or cold air to the back of the car. Otherwise you’ll find yourself freezing up front, while those at the back complain about the heat. The same goes for sound. If you have passengers constantly asking you to put the radio louder or softer, you might end up feeling like a very unpopular DJ.
6. Safety First
Safety features are fairly standard in most new models, but it is definitely worth asking your salesperson about them, seeing that they’re often hidden from view and not that obvious. Ask about the number of air bags and brake assist that the vehicle may have. If you have young children or if you’re planning to start a family soon, make sure there are kiddie locks and airbags that can be switched off in case you need to fasten a rear-facing baby chair to the front passenger seat.
7. Heavy Duty
If you’re looking for a workhorse kind of car, you might want to ask about its towing features as well as the trailer electrical connectors that you will need when towing a trailer or caravan.
8. Test Run
After you’ve asked all of the above questions, take the car for a spin to get a real feel for how it handles. Does the model have enough power to safely get out of a sticky situation? Does it handle corners well and do you feel comfortable with its braking abilities? This is also where you identify any dangerous blind spots that the car might have.
9. Pin Point Parking
Try parallel parking to see how tight it turns and how easy it is to manoeuvre. You won’t only be driving around, you’ll also be parking your new baby in challenging spaces. So, it is crucial that you feel comfortable with its parking abilities.
10. More about Maintenance
Nobody wants to think about maintenance when buying a brand new car, but eventually every car will need it. Ask the salesperson about recommended oil changes, what kind of fuel it takes and which parts are covered by the warranty. You don’t want to set yourself up for a costly surprise shortly after your big spend.
If you’ve done your homework and followed these tips with a few different models, you will probably feel confident that you did enough preparation and research for you to now go over to the actual purchasing process. But that’s a story for our next article.
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