NUMBER PLATE CHANGE
Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), says: “Buying a new car from a franchised dealer this September with a 70 registration, motorists will benefit from a wide range of attractive deals and offers. With a wide range of cars available, ranging from the latest petrol and diesel engines to alternative fuel vehicles, consumers will be able to find exactly what they are looking for”.
LOOKING FOR A NEW CAR: A CHECKLIST
When searching for a car, there are a number of things to look out for. First, establish your budget, for either for a one-off payment or a monthly payment plan on finance. When comparing deals, use the ‘on-the-road’ price’ (OTR) which manufacturers advertise. This is made up of the basic ex-works price, value added tax, number plate, delivery charges, vehicle excise duty, and first registration fee.
Consumers should consider the following check-list before and after the purchase to make sure you have not overlooked the obvious.
Will you carry goods or people or both?
Buying a new car is exciting and by asking yourself the right questions you will make your experience even more enjoyable. Thanks to informative dealer and manufacturer websites, dedicated motoring magazines, as well as videos and reviews, you have access to a lot of useful information before you make the first visit to a dealership to look at and test drive a car. Alternatively, just visit your franchised dealer and ask all the questions you may have.
Remember, it is not just about the car, it is about a car you can live with:
Test drives are the best opportunity to test out a vehicle, however, to comply with COVID-19 safety measures, currently test drives must be carried out unaccompanied and not all dealers can offer this option.
When you test drive, check:
If the car you have now tested and the advice you have had from the dealer fulfils your requirements you will now feel more confident about buying the vehicle.
BUYING THE CAR
Before buying you should decide how to pay:
Sue Robinson, NFDA Director, said: “Buying the car is just the beginning of the journey. Remember that your new car will eventually need a service and it is vital you use a reputable dealer when a service or any form of work needs to be carried out on your car.
“When you first order the car it is worth asking about a service-plan as the cost of this can be rolled into the car and it is often cheaper than paying for services individually At the dealership, they will be able to advise you on the type of service you need, and point out potential problem areas before they arise”.
The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK.