How to Avoid the potential pitfalls
Behind buying a home, a car is likely to be the second biggest purchase you'll ever make. And given the fact you could spend as much time behind the wheel as you do in your home, it's important to choose the right car for you. But don't be scared - with the right advice and a little homework, you can avoid a costly mistake.
Choosing the wrong car
Choose the wrong dress for a party and you might look out of place. Choose the wrong meal in a restaurant and you might go hungry. But choose the wrong car and you could be lumbered with a depreciating mistake. Before you go car shopping, prepare a list of needs and wants, which will help to narrow your search to a manageable number of cars. And don't forget to set a budget...
Not doing your homework
Once you've created a list of needs and wants, you can start identifying potential new cars. Whether you're buying new or used, the internet will provide a number of useful resources, helping you to narrow the search to two or three suitable cars. Read new car reviews, browse car forums and compare cars.
Not taking a proper test drive
Given you'll most likely spend at least three years behind the wheel of your new car, the test drive is vitally important. Don't think that all that homework is a good...