Get the latest advances in safety and security, comfort, performance and fuel efficiency
Buying new gets you the benefit of the latest advances in safety and security, comfort, performance and fuel efficiency and you'll be able to get just the specification you want.
You'll get a comprehensive, manufacturer-backed warranty, won't have to face the prospect of an MOT test for three years either and may also be able to take advantage of special offers on servicing packages but there are pitfalls to be avoided – hidden extras can bring nasty surprises, and rapid initial depreciation means that buying new comes at a price.
Watch out for hidden extras:
If you're part– exchanging, price your car realistically:
Agree collection or delivery arrangements:
Familiarise yourself with the warranty conditions before you sign anything:
You may need to fork out for routine checks done to ensure the long-term anti-corrosion warranty remains valid
Car manufacturers can't insist that you get the car serviced by a franchise dealer during the warranty period but you must still get it serviced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule and criteria using only manufacturer approved parts. You will have to keep records so you can demonstrate to the manufacturer that servicing was undertaken to their requirements.
It's worth bearing in mind that if anything goes wrong shortly after the warranty expires, a manufacturer is more likely to show goodwill towards any claim if the car has been serviced by one of their dealers.
Don't be pressured into buying - walk away if you're not completely happy
(23 March 2012)
Check if a car has outstanding debts or a dodgy history, or let us give your potential new car a thorough, mechanical inspection.