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Make sure to drive a hard bargain

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With the new car registration date in March rapidly approaching, a number of drivers are trying to see if they can actually afford to buy a brand new car.  Others, on the other hand, may regard such a purchase as an unnecessary luxury and will be hunting for a good used car instead.  In either case motorists want to be able to drive off with a bargain, and there are a number of tips to make sure that you do not take a wrong turn.  

There is something undeniably thrilling about purchasing a brand new car, notes Richard Lawton from motor sales website Savemoneyoncars.co.uk.  "There are no scuffs, no dirty door wells, no soiled carpets" he says.  Lawton also points out that buying a new car is, for many drivers, also buying peace of mind, given that any new vehicle should come with a manufacturer's Car Warranty that should last anywhere between three to five years.  "Anything that goes wrong in that time is covered, provided it isn't your fault" he observes.  

New cars can also be less expensive to actually run, although the big drawback is depreciation, with a new car usually worth as little as 40% of what was paid for it within just three years.  

When buying a used car, purchasers should always look at it in daylight.  "Look for rust, mismatched paint and uneven gaps between body panels, which may indicate previous repairs" says Vicki Burn from the RAC.

Author - Michael Barclay

published: 27/02/2012 14:00:00

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