'Do your homework’: The most common car buying mistakes drivers make – how to avoid

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'Do your homework’: The most common car buying mistakes drivers make – how to avoid

Hundreds of cars with the new ’71’ plate registration will be rolling off dealership forecourts this month as car sales continue to return to pre-C

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Hundreds of cars with the new ’71’ plate registration will be rolling off dealership forecourts this month as car sales continue to return to pre-Covid levels. Car insurance expert, Alex Kindred, has warned drivers to avoid the excitement of new cars turning into buyer’s remorse.

Avoid getting pushed into buying a car too early

Buying a car is a huge expense and massive responsibility, so motorists should remain calm and not get pressured into buying a car until they are ready to do so.

Drivers don’t have to buy a car the second they step into a dealership, so they can ask as many questions as they need to help make a better decision.

Haggling is also an option if drivers deem the price to be too high.

Don’t be afraid to walk away

Drivers who keep their options open and visit multiple dealerships and get multiple offers are in a far better position when it comes to negotiating the price down.

By shopping around, potential buyers have the confidence to walk away if the deal is not comfortable for them.

This can also help with negotiating, as they will be able to show the salesperson their research from other competitors.

The ‘price’ is not the final price

Alex Kindred, expert at confused.com, warns drivers that the first price they see is not the final price.

He says: “Treat this price as a benchmark price for you to negotiate down to within the boundaries of your budget. 

“The salesperson will be expecting you to haggle, so don’t be afraid to push for a price decrease and do as much as you can to get the price right for you.”



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