There’s always something that seems to require you parting with your hard-earned money. That patch of damp on the bedroom wall, the hallway that could do with redecorating and now that red light in the car that has decided to stay on, permanently.
No amount of ignoring it is going to work any longer. The last thing you need is to get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken-down car full of hungry children and a grumpy dog.

So, it looks like spending out on a new car, or at least getting your current one fixed, is going to be the next big expense. And when it looks like an upgrade is going to work out cheaper than fixing the myriad of problems with your current vehicle, we look at how to snap up a bargain and stay safe at the same time.

Go Private

Always the cheaper option, but there are obvious drawbacks. Unless you’ve got a great working knowledge of cars, you have no idea what you’re buying. Fortunately, there are some online tools that might help you, including MOT checks and any information that the DVLA has on a particular vehicle. If you ask the seller for the car details ahead of time you can, at least, get some idea of its’ history.

If you do have some knowledge, then you’ll want to check that all the details in the logbook match the Vehicle Identification Number and make your basic safety checks. On the other hand, if you don’t feel confident then consider either taking a friend or family member along to do the once over for you or hiring a mechanic to come and look over several cars in a day. This option gives you the chance to look at more than one and get professional advice on the best buy.

Go To A Dealer

While generally more expensive there are deals out there to be had, such as the current Mercedes Offers. Be prepared to sharpen up your negotiation skills and don’t accept the first price you’re given. Work towards a compromise with as many extras thrown in as possible. You might also strike a deal over some free servicing or discounted breakdown cover. Always ask to take it for a test drive to get a feel for the vehicle.

Shop around for a good deal and keep your eyes peeled for online offers that might not necessarily translate to the forecourt.

While spending out on a car might not be your idea of fun, at the very least you’ll want to make sure you’re getting great value for money. Private or through a dealership, there are bargains out there to be had with a little forward planning, a little research and some hard-nosed negotiating. Get help from the experts if you need it, to make sure you’re not compromising on safety.

Make sure you’re driving away a car that represents great value for money and perhaps even leaves you with a little extra to spend on that redecorating that needs doing in the hallway.

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