Even more than a holiday or a brilliant night out, buying a new car makes you feel good. You want it, you deserve it? so why not go for it?
A new car is more than just transport. It says a lot about you - where you're coming from, where you're going, what your priorities are. Most new car marketing presses the big psychological buttons - image, status, satisfaction, self-esteem - at the expense of boring, rational issues that influence your car-buying decisions. Issues like cost, depreciation, and what it promises in terms of safety, reliability, comfort and economy.
Before you're seduced by the latest million-pound ad campaign and a sharp-suited salesperson in a slick showroom, weigh the advantages of new car ownership against the disadvantages. As you can see, there are more points for than against - but if you tick just one item in the AGAINST column, take a look at BUYING A USED CAR before making up your mind. You may be just as happy - and considerably better off - buying a nearly-new car.
|This year's model|| ||Heavy depreciation|| |
|Be the first owner|| ||Pay high new prices|| |
|The latest number plate|| ||A number plate is only 'new' for a few months|| |
|Peace of mind|| ||Wait for delivery|| |
|Order exactly the specification you want|| ||Pay for lots of expensive extras|| |
|Benefits of latest safety standards|| ||Spend more than necessary - you can buy the same model for £££s less on the used market|| |
|Full manufacturer warranty|| ||Your new car will soon be out of date|| |
|Sales incentives: insurance, 0% finance, breakdown cover etc|| || || |
|No worries about past history|| || || |