Are you planning to buy a car? Congratulations on your decision! The car has been considered a luxury earlier but has become a necessity with the change in concepts. The onset of the pandemic and social distancing needs to augment this concept. These factors make it a good decision to own a car.
First-time car buyers may have ambiguities concerning the purchase, especially on the car to choose. Many end up asking people around, which would only add to the confusion. Since most of them would suggest the model they are driving or one from the specific brand they love.
Here are 5 important tips for first-time car buyers that can help determine the car to buy.
Zero in on the segment of car you want to own. Instead of comparing it with others, you must identify your needs to confirm the right one for you. The models from the specific segment, the features offered on different variants, etc can be examined. A car will have repair and maintenance costs in the long run. Hence, the after-sales support from the manufacturers, like the spare availability, maintenance costs, and fuel efficiency need to be studied.
Design specifications and features available are undergoing a quantum shift with the introduction of digital technology in four-wheelers. Automatic transmission, which was reserved for models from elite brands, is available in the affordable car as well nowadays. You need to decide upon the type of transmission i.e. automatic or manual. In that too, various transmission options like AMT and CVT are there. Need to study the pros and cons to reach a decision.
You might have picked a few models after doing some research. Now is the time for a test drive. Notwithstanding all the cars will appear good for a first-time car buyer, it will give a fair idea about the seating position, creature comfort, functionalities, power, AC system, and transmission. Take your spouse or friend along for the test drive. Their experience as passengers would be useful. You can also become a passenger, asking them to drive, to estimate the overall performance, comfort in the rear seat, etc.
Discuss the technical features and advantages of the specific model with the executive at the showroom. Never fall prey to their exaggerated statements. The professionals are trained in marketing and they may try to lure you with exclusive offers. Get affirmation from a responsible person in the showroom if they are offering additional discounts or freebies.
This wouldn’t have been a question about two decades ago. Previously people who wanted to save on fuel costs would opt for diesel, which was the common concept. The meager price difference between diesel and petrol necessitates the buyer to evaluate the average monthly usage. Considering the present scenario, it may be advisable to go for a petrol car. Nonetheless, it would solely depend on the individual. CNG variants are also preferable to fuel expenses.
Even after technological advancements and new inventions in diesel engines, petrol cars are easier to maintain than diesel cars. Moreover, diesel cars are priced higher than petrol cars.
Shouldering an unwanted financial burden, just to own a big car may be a blunder. The EMI you pay for the car should not affect your other monthly requirements. The on-road price of the car would be a few lakhs higher than the ex-showroom price. You must cater for that amount as well.
You would be increasing all the other expenses associated with the car when you choose an exorbitantly priced one. Bear in mind that the registration charges and insurance costs are directly connected with the ex-showroom price. Moreover, the spare costs and maintenance charges would go up with the cost of the car. Be sure to select the car after proper contemplation of your budgetary condition only. Better would be to discuss this with your spouse, family, and trusted friends.
Dealers may offer deals, discounts, and additional (free) accessories for the car. Don’t fall into the trap of unreliable car dealers. They may not be supportive when you face any problem with the car, or during the after-sales period. Select a trusted car dealership, with a proven track record, transparent dealings, and credible identity.
Although the car dealer would offer insurance assistance, you can also take online insurance, which would save you a good amount. Normally the car is handed over to the customer after completing all the formalities at the RTO. You won’t be able to change the car once it is registered in your name. Even though it is not common, you can undertake a physical inspection of the car prior to registration. Give special instruction in this regard to the dealer. A thorough check of documentation is also advisable before driving the car home. It would help in confirming that the engine number, chassis number and other specifications reflected in the RC are correct.
You are welcome to Indus Motors for checking the latest collection of cars, test driving, and book. Offering unparalleled customer service and after-sales support for more than three decades, since the 1980s, we are the leading car dealership in Kerala.
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