Sort out your finances...
Knowing your budget and what you’re able to afford saves time, disappointment and prevents any unrealistic expectations, because you’ll be able to determine which cars fall within your actual price bracket – not the one you aspire to have in ten years time.
Follow these expert car finance tips for how to get the best deal on a loan.
Research your options...
New or used car agents, trade-ins at dealerships or private sales? Remember that while cars sold privately are cheaper, the possibility of fraudulent scams are far greater and in my opinion, certainly not worth the risk.
If you choose to go this route, do thorough background checks.
Con artists are real, people. So are these other equally dreadful scams.
Consider the mileage...
...if you’re buying a second-hand car.
I have been told that cars which have been driven for 20 000 km or less per year are good buys. But they’re also more expensive.
Read this car buying article for better insight.
Check the engine size...
It may sound ‘cool’ to own a Sport or Turbo or the like, but how silly would it be to have this awesome set of wheels, when you can’t afford the huge amounts of petrol it is likely to consume?!
Does the price of fuel freak you out? Check out these 10 petrol saving tips and this advice on how to make a tank go far.
I know how excited you must feel. But for heaven’s sake, don’t settle for the first ‘bargain’ that you find. Make sure that you look at – and test – more than just one car.
Need advice? Speak to Wheel24’s Hailey Philander, our motoring expert.