Are you ready to buy a brand-new car? If so, congratulations! It’s a major milestone so get one you truly deserve.
Given that it’s such a huge commitment and big ticket purchase, it’s important that you do it right. Selling an unwanted car to buy another one would typically cost you more money in the long run (not to mention stress the that comes with it!).
So before you even enter a dealership, take note of these common mistakes you should avoid when car shopping.
1) Making a choice based solely on looks. You must have heard this a hundred times before, but it bears repeating: Looks aren’t everything. Remember that what looks good and modern now probably won’t be so hot in five or 10 years. Steer clear of gimmicky designs and opt for a car that’s effortlessly stylish and unpretentious.
2) Buying without doing research. Spec sheets may look like hieroglyphics to the uninitiated, but they’re a necessary part of the buying process. Recognize your needs (that is, what you’ll be using the car for), match them to a set of specs and features, and assess all possible options. For example, if you know you’ll using a car for daily driving, then look for one with highly efficient engine for good fuel economy; and comfortable seats to make traffic congestions more bearable.
3) Not foreseeing the car’s condition in years to come. Choose a car that is known to have tough body structure—one that will last for years. Keep in mind that you will be using your vehicle day in and day out, so you would want to own one that is durable and dependable.
4) Sticking to the familiar. If you limit your options, you might miss out on a model that’s not very popular but is better-suited for you and your needs. Also, take into consideration that it’s not unusual for challenger brands to provide better customer service as they want to prove themselves in the market; and that’s something you can take advantage of.
5) Going for features you don't need. It’s just like with smartphones: Fancy and cool-sounding features are great until you realize that you hardly ever use them. Again, recognize your needs, and make your decision based on them.
Generally speaking, you want a car that saves you money on fuel, has enough horsepower to get you places, boasts an advanced high-strength construction for your safety, and offers a comfortable ride to boot.
For first-time car buyers, the affordable Hyundai Eon is an ideal entry point into car ownership. With its comfy ride, new engine with unmatched fuel economy, understated style, and solid build, it’s a car that’s built to last. Eon’s Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) will give you confidence on the road, knowing that it has durable body structure. Needless to say, it’s perfect for your first step into the wonderful world of motoring.