Buying a car can seem a bit overwhelming. Which brand do you choose? Which options are indispensable? What needs to be done administratively? How will you pay for the car? Here we guide you through the steps you take when purchasing a car.
Preliminary investigation: which car is right for me?
The first step, of course, is deciding that you need a new car. The offer is huge: city cars, SUVs, saloons, and convertibles. On petrol, diesel, electricity, or a hybrid model. The choice of car depends on your expectations. If you want to buy a car because a family expansion is planned, a compact city car will probably not be your first choice, but you are looking for a spacious car with a comfortable back seat and a large suitcase. If you are looking for a car purely for pleasure to drive around on the weekend, then a convertible may appeal to you.
When you are going to buy a car, it is, therefore, best to start by listing which characteristics the car must meet. In this way, you can already limit the choice to an offer that is relevant to you. You will probably find one or more models with almost every car brand that meets your requirements. To further narrow the selection, you can compare the cars. The easiest factor is price. You undoubtedly have a maximum budget in mind. Based on that budget, you can already eliminate the models that are a lot more expensive. Of course, the budget is not the only factor. Based on your personal preferences, a few more models may disappear from the list.
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You can configure the other models online. Choose the engine type, color, and options that are important to you. Once you’ve done that for all the models that interest you, you can compare them. Which brand offers the most benefits for your budget and best suits your taste?
To the garage
Once you’ve narrowed the selection down to three to four models, it’s time to go to the garage and see the models in person. On paper, any car looks great. It is only when you see a car in person that you know whether it actually meets your expectations. It is best to test the models that appeal to you the most after a visit to the dealer by booking a test drive.
After a test drive, you are hopefully completely convinced of one of your preferred models and you can proceed to purchase it. If you would like to have a new car in the driveway quickly, you can look at the stock cars on offer. The advantage of a stock car is that it is quickly available and usually a bit cheaper than a car on order. The disadvantage is of course that you cannot choose the configuration. It is up to you to determine whether a fast delivery and a favorable price outweigh a model that you have put together yourself. Whether you opt for a stock car or a self-assembled model, it is always worthwhile to visit different garages and request a number of quotes. That way you create space to negotiate the price.
The administrative side
Now that the choice has been made and you know which garage you want to buy or order your car from, it is time to get the paperwork in order. You will first need to approve a quote and sign an order form. Please note that the signature of the order form is final. It’s not easy to get out of a signed deal. If you are sure of your choice, that is, of course, no problem.
Of course, you need money to buy a car.
Do you already have that money in a savings account and do you want to pay it in full? Which can! However, you can also choose to pay for part of the car with a loan that you can take out from the dealer itself or from the bank. It is also possible to buy your car entirely on installment.
Before you take delivery of your car, you must register it with the DIV. You will receive a pink form that you hand over to your insurer so that he can register your car. If it is your first car or an additional car, you will then receive your number plate and registration certificate by post. If you replace your current car with the new one and you already have a European number plate, you can keep your number plate. This is filled in on the pink form and in that case, you will not receive a new number plate, but only the registration certificate by post. If you still have an old number plate, you must return it to the DIV and you will receive a new one for your new car. The DIV will send you only one number plate. The second you have to make yourself. Your insurer can help you with this.
Before you can hit the road with your new car, the insurance must be in order. Civil liability insurance is the minimum insurance and it is mandatory. You can extend the insurance to a small omnium or a fully comprehensive. If you already had insurance, you can ask your broker to adapt it to the new car. You will receive a green card. You use this when you go to the inspection, but also when you have had an accident and during any police checks. The green card must therefore be in your car.
As soon as you have received the registration certificate, any new number plates, and the green card, you can go to the garage to finalize the purchase of your car.
Buying a used car
The above steps also apply if you decide to buy a used car. You can go to a garage or concessionaire for a second-hand copy, but you can also choose to buy from a private individual. The biggest difference is that you will receive a minimum of one year warranty on the car from a professional seller. A private individual cannot of course give you that guarantee. If you buy from a private individual, be sure to request a test drive with the car and check that all necessary documents are present with the car: the original invoice, the pink form, the inspection certificate and accompanying second-hand report, the certificate of conformity and