Car buying tips

Updated: 12.09.2018 09:56

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It’s time for a new car? Do not rush the purchase and do not take the first car that comes along. We tell you what you should consider when buying a car.

The car breaks down or you want to buy a smaller car? Then you should consider a few points, so that you do not spend too much money on the new, mobile undercarriage. We give you six tips for a successful car purchase.

Set yourself a budget limit

A new car needs to be well thought out, because you don’t spend that much money every day. So know your upper limit and stick to it. Sometimes a salesman will try to persuade you to buy a better, more expensive model. Stay stubborn and haggle for every euro.

If the salesman won’t budge on price, walk away and look around for another car instead.

Look around

Before you set foot go to a dealership, find out about different models and prices on the internet. Read experience and test reports from others. If you feel well informed, you can go to the dealerships.

But don’t take the first offer that comes along. Take it to another dealership and see if you can get a better one there.

Consider other models as well

Don’t get locked into one particular model. Almost every car has a similarly priced counterpart. If you are looking for an audi A3 for example, you should also consider a VW golf or a BMW 1 series.

Make the most of the test drive

A test drive is usually part of buying a car. Try out your dream car extensively and drive it on routes, that you typically also drive. If you only want to drive your car in the city, try it out there too. Are you on the road a lot on country roads and highways? Then test the car there.

performance is not everything

The standard equipment of many cars really only offers the bare essentials. But if you do a little more comfort if you don’t want a car with a lot of power, you should consider buying a smaller model with optional extras.

Sleep on it

You have found your car, the budget is met, and the special equipment convinces you. But don’t strike right away. Sleep a night think about it and weigh the pros and cons. You don’t normally buy a car every day. If, after careful consideration, you are still convinced, there is nothing to stop you from buying your dream car.

Festival of speed: hot cars and legendary sports cars at the anniversary event

The all-electric VW I.D R Pikes Peak has already set a record at the legendary Pikes Peak. So it goes without saying that the runabout will also tackle the mountain track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Driver Romain Dumas completed the 1.86 kilometers in an incredible 43.86 seconds. The third fastest time in the 25-year history of Goodwood

at the legendary pikes peak, the all-electric VW I.D R pikes peak already set a record. So it goes without saying that the racer also tackles the mountain track at the goodwood festival of speed. driver romain dumas completed the 1.86 kilometers in an incredible 43.86 seconds. The third fastest time in the 25-year history of goodwood. © goodwood motor sport / jayson fong

but dumas in the VW was not the only one to make his mark in the goodwood history books. Because this car is something special. The robocar has no driver but has nevertheless taken on the mountain road – with success. It is the first driverless car to have mastered the course. © goodwood motor sport / adam beresford

in addition to the future, motorsport’s past was also on display at the goodwood festival of speed 2018. Pictured here: the mercedes-benz T80. With an incredible 3.000 hp and a theoretical top speed of around 756 km/h, the car was set to break the world record for the fastest land vehicle in 1940. But it never happened, because the second world war broke out a year earlier. © goodwood motor sport / sam hanson

Where there's Mercedes, there's Porsche. The Zuffenhausen company also dug through its archives and sent a legendary racer to Goodwood. This Porsche 804 was designed just for Formula 1

where mercedes is, porsche can’t be missing. The zuffenhausen company also dug through its archives and sent a legendary racer to goodwood. this porsche 804 was designed just for formula 1. © goodwood motor sport / dominic james other formula 1 legends were also at the start this year: here former world champion jim clark’s lotus races around the track. other formula 1 legends were also at the start this year: here the lotus of former world champion jim clark races around the track. © goodwood motor sport / hillpress also represented was the tyrrell 003, now owned by paul stewart, son of the great sir jackie stewart. Also represented was the tyrrell 003, now owned by paul stewart, son of the great sir jackie stewart. © goodwood motor sport / drew gibson if you prefer hot rally action to Formula 1 racing, the goodwood festival of speed was the place to be. in the 1970s, the ford escort was one of the dominant rally cars. For those who prefer hot rally action to Formula 1 racing, the goodwood festival of speed was the place to be. In the 1970s, the ford escort was one of the dominant rally cars. © goodwood motor sport / nick dungan at one of the most important motor sport festivals, jaguar is of course also a must. 70 years ago, the jaguar XK120 rolled off the production line and marked the start of jaguar’s racing history. at one of the most important motorsport festivals jaguar can’t be absent. 70 years ago, the jaguar XK120 rolled off the production line and marked the start of jaguar’s racing history. © goodwood motor sport / dominic james back to the modern age. Not only classic racing cars made their appearance at goodwood. The drift community was also represented and fought their way along the track in a sloping position. Back to the modern age. Not only classic racing cars made their appearance at goodwood. The drift community was also represented and fought its way along the track in a sloping position. © goodwood motor sport and of course the super and hyper cars were not to be missed at the goodwood festival of speed 2018, like this pagani. And of course the super and hyper cars were not to be missed at the goodwood festival of speed 2018, like this pagani. © goodwood motor sport / adam beresford .  Or this mclaren. . Or this mclaren. © goodwood motor sport / harry elliott porsche was not only at the start with its 804, but also with modern runabouts. Porsche was not only at the start with its 804, but also with modern racers. © goodwood motor sport .  Here, too, a porsche tries its hand at goodwood’s legendary mountain track. . Here too, a porsche tries its hand at the legendary mountain track of goodwood. © goodwood motor sport the engines roared until the evening hours, like this aston martin. Until the evening hours the engines roared, like with this aston martin. © goodwood motor sport / drew gibson look forward to seeing which hot cars and sports cars will be on the grid at next year’s goodwood festival of speed. Be curious to see which hot runabouts and sports cars will be on the grid at next year’s goodwood festival of speed. © goodwood motor sport

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