Buying a car is a complicated process. And everyone wants to be sure they’re not missing a trick.
We’ve compiled the ultimate car buying checklist, containing everything you need to know and consider during the buying process. It will help you with each step, from getting all the details you need at the first research phase, what to do when you’re at the car dealership, and finally the next steps if you go ahead with the purchase.
We look at budgeting, test driving the car, asking all the right questions and how to make sure you get the best deal.
Always research the car before visiting a dealer. You need to have a fair idea of what you want and what you’re prepared to spend. Thorough research at the start will ensure you buy a car that is suited to your budgets and your needs.
Know your budget
Get the running costs
Research the car variants
If you know the car you want, make sure you research all the available variants
Still trying to find the right car for you? Read our step-by-step guide to choosing a new car, explaining how to select everything from body style to fuel type.
Once you are comfortable with your car choice, the next step is to visit the dealer. It’s vital to view the car and go for a test drive to get a true feel for it. This is also the time to ask any the questions you may still have.
Call the dealer first
What to take to the dealers
Good questions to ask – new cars
If you’re buying a new car, now is the time to consider what variant and options you want.
Good questions to ask – used cars
If buying a used car, make sure you know what you’re getting by asking detailed questions about the car’s history and condition.
Check used car documents
If the car is used, you need to check if it comes with all the important documents.
What to do on the test drive
If you decide you want to buy the car, remember to keep your max budget in mind at all times
Agree price and terms
Trade-in your old car
Read our blog on how to get the most money for your used car.
On collection day
Following the purchase
Hopefully, this car buying checklist will help you understand what to consider at each step of the journey and all you’ll have to worry about it where to drive your car first and who to show it off to.