Buying A New Car

Understand what you need from a car.Consider how you would use the car, long commutes, journeys around town, city centre driving. Is parking an issue?

Draw up a buying shortlist of possible cars.

Drive as many cars as possible, don’t simply sit in them.. DRIVE them!

Check car running costs and residual (resale) value before buying

Compile a list of questions to ask in the dealership BEFORE you go in.

Be objective, there are plenty of cars to chose from so this is not the time to get emotionally attached.

Know what you can afford to pay, and don’t allow the temptation of something new, better, faster, or sportier to make your decision.

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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