3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Car

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Buying a car could require some significant cash outlay. It is therefore essential that you know what constitutes a good vehicle and how it best suits your driving needs. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information on how to go about buying the right car. Here are some things to consider before making that purchase.

1. The Running Costs Involved

It is common for car buyers to pay more attention to the price tag of the vehicle they might purchase without paying as much attention to its running costs. The cost of a car is both the purchase price and the maintenance expenses you will incur to keep it running. What operating charges can you comfortably cover? That is the crucial question you need to answer to identify the car that best suits you.

Insurance costs vary depending on the cost of car parts, the car's power, how popular the particular make is with car thieves and repair costs. The fuel economy will also contribute to the overall running expenses. Note that real-world estimates on fuel economy may differ from the manufacturer's figures. Therefore, you might have to dig deeper in your pocket when you get the car on the road.

2. Whether to Buy an Import Car or a Locally Stocked One

You must decide whether to import a vehicle or buy one that is locally available. With the amendments to the Motor Vehicles Standards Act in 2018 governing import cars, you can access a broader and more specialised range of import cars. If you opt to contract a professional dealing in import cars to settle your purchase, you will be able to liaise with the supplier should there be a manufacturer's recall of the vehicle.

3. Your Needs

Your driving needs should help determine your car choice. If you travel off-road frequently, then a 4X4 vehicle will be more suitable for you. If your driving involves a lot of highway stretches, then you should consider a diesel car over a petrol one to lower your fuel costs. A car with a small engine is appropriate if you are seeking a means of commuting to work in town.


Buying the right car for you is a task that calls for digging beyond the obvious to assess why a particular vehicle will meet your needs most efficiently. Do your research and consult a professional or an experienced car owner for guidance.


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