There are many things to consider when looking for your next car. In order for you to choose your next car wisely the following mistakes should be avoided:
You don’t know what you want
If you don't think about what you expect from your next car, it is very difficult to choose the right one. So ask yourself the following questions:
- What is important to me about a car?
- What do I need my car for?
- How much space do I need?
- How many kilometres do I plan to drive?
- Automatic or switched?
- Do I have charging facilities for an electric car?
Because you will only notice while driving that you would rather drive an automatic instead of a manual. Or you would have preferred to choose a car with enough room for your golf bag, because a Fiat 500 simply has no space. Think about the situations in which you were not happy with your current car, but also what you do not want to miss. If you are still not quite sure, you can try out a car for 3 months with a subscription. This way you can find out in everyday life whether the car is suitable for you or not. This is often not possible with a test drive.
You focus on a single model
Often people rave about a certain brand or model. But in the end they usually decide to buy a completely different car for good reasons. Brand loyalty has declined sharply in recent years as the technologies of cars and manufacturers have become more and more similar. When choosing your car, it is therefore important that you choose one that suits you. The brand or model should not be the primary consideration. Otherwise you run the risk of missing the ideal car for you. The equipment and functionality should be the main focus. We always make sure that our models offer the best possible price/performance ratio for the respective purpose. If you are ready to discover a new brand or model, you are welcome to come for a test drive after registration.
You haven’t taken into account hidden costs
Some people forget that there are a lot of hidden costs that you have to consider when getting a car. For instance: etc etc tec But don't forget that with used cars, repair costs can suddenly arise that could blow your budget. With the purchase price itself you must not forget the insurance, taxes, cashing in and depreciation. At first glance, it might seem that a second car is more affordable. But make sure you do the math and don’t overlook any costs.
With leasing, however, always remember that in addition to the monthly costs, there is also a downpayment.
Choose the car the suits your budget
Before you buy your new car, make a note of how much you want to spend and, more importantly, how much you can spend. Because a car can get you in trouble financially quite easily. A comparison table of the different types of financing and a monthly budget will help you to keep track. Here you can find out, for example, how much a lease really costs.
A big advantage of the car subscription at Carvolution is that the monthly costs are fixed. This means no surprises during your subscription (e.g. no unexpected garage visits). The only thing you have to pay for is fuel. In order to set your budget correctly, you must always keep possible contract periods in mind. Because you should not only be able to pay for your car today, but also tomorrow.
Extend contract periods for too long
Do not choose contract terms that keep your monthly costs as low as possible. For example, if you want to get out of a leasing contract earlier, this can involve additional high costs. Also be aware of your personal situation and do not choose a leasing term of 86 months if you know that in two years you will be abroad for a year and you have to get rid of the car.
Be aware right from the start how long you need and want your new car with certainty. It can be tempting to tie yourself to a car for a long time so that the monthly costs remain low. When buying a car, on the other hand, it often only makes sense if you intend to drive the car for a very long time (i.e. 5 years or longer).
Not taking enough time to make a decision
Most offers are not valid for one day only. And if they are only valid for one day, it does not seem to be a serious offer. So there is no need to make a decision NOW. Take your time, and make sure you make the right decision. Especially with a subscription or a lease.
If you want to buy a new car however, it might be a little different. But here, it is important to be aware of all factors and you stand 100% behind your decision. It is a decision that you will have to live with for a long time.
So all in all: be aware of what you are doing. Try and form an opinion in your mind what you need, and make a decision. If you need help on this, feel free to get in touch with our sales people. We will be happy to support you in your decision.