If you are buying a new car you need to think about what you need from it. It’s all too easy to think the new Audi convertible looks great, but will you fit your kids in? Where will the car seat go? Will you fit your weekly shop in the boot?
Thorough research is always the key when making a financial decision, and car finance – whether it is a lease purchase, car refinance or personal contract purchase (PCP) is no different. Look on the internet for advice guides, check out the latest book prices of cars, and look at forums where owners of the Audi or BMW you want discuss their experiences.
Its a bit like renting a place, but you have the option to buy at the end. This is a great option if you need to be seen with the right car, need to have a car for work but are not going to start making the big bucks until a few years time this option allows you to have the flashy car but not having to pay a huge loan back until you are earning more money. With car hire purchase, or lease purchase it allows all the freedom in the world.
You should also look for information about their processes. The process in which you will go through and how much money or time or effort you will need to go through before you actually get the quote. An application process should be very simple and should not require intrusive or excessive amounts of information at the initial stage just some basic information about yourself and the car you are buying or refinancing.
If you are in the position of already having found the car you are looking for, say through a dealer, on the web or your local newspaper or dedicated car selling magazine you should look around for a competitive finance deal to save you money in the long run.
Stick to your budget! If petrol prices rise, will you still be able to run the car? What about other expenditure rises? It is always sensible to make sure that you are protected should your circumstances change too.