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The Process for Buying a New vs Used Car


New car sales have really taken off over the past few years with manufacturers enjoying record sales numbers. Of course, all of these new vehicles being purchased results in a very attractive used car market as buyers begin to change car after a few years.

The buying process itself is slightly different depending on which option you go for which is why we’ve put together this guide providing you with an insight into the industry. Read on to see which way might work out better for you.

Purchasing a New Car

Considered by many to be a fairly grand undertaking, especially when you consider how much money you’ll be spending, buying a new car opens you up to a world of endless possibilities.

The list of car manufacturers offering you a choice of new cars is extensive, leaving you with literally hundreds to choose from. Each manufacturer and their subsequent dealership networks are all vying for your business, leaving you in a great position to come away with the best deal possible.

What Colour Would You Like?

Most people buy new cars as the process allows them to fine tune their car to their exact specification. This will include anything from the colour of the bodywork to the colour of the interior, as well as the type and size of engine and choice of transmission. Once you’ve worked your way through that lot, the many individual options you could specify inside the cabin will eventually leave you with something quite unique.

As there likely won’t be an exact replica of the model you’ve customised in the showroom, your vehicle is built from scratch with a waiting list of a few weeks to a couple of months, leaving you with enough time to decide on how you’re going to pay for it.

Purchasing a Used Car

In contrast, buying a used car will see you picking up a suitable model off the shelf. You might find yourself unable to source the exact colour combination you wanted, with your choice of upholstery or leather unavailable as well as no say over whether the car was originally fitted with a smoker’s pack, but you should be able to find something acceptable.

Of course, more popular models which sold in the thousands will be far easier to source on the used market. They will also likely be cheaper due to the sheer number of them available to choose from.

Which Is Right for Me?

That would depend on your priorities. Some points for consideration include:

  • Dealerships will usually throw in many different incentives when buying new.
  • New cars will be available with more finance options.
  • A new car can be built from the ground up to your taste.
  • Used cars are cheaper and so there are many bargains to be had.

We suggest you go and spend some time wandering around a showroom or two. There are several dealerships offering car sales in Hamilton NZ so you’ll be spoilt for choice whatever you decide. You could even try playing off two dealers against each other as one may go the extra mile to secure your business and make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Either process is straightforward. You’ll likely have a preference so go in prepared to negotiate and you’ll soon be driving away in the car of your dreams.

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