Most of us sigh inwardly when the time comes to upgrade the family car. While it’s necessary to keep up with expanding families and ever-growing needs, it’s not a fun job. Long gone are the days when you could browse any car you wanted and take some beasts out for test drives. Now, it’s all about practical family vehicles with enough space to seat everybody. As such, the idea of traipsing round car dealerships is enough to give you a headache. Aren’t there always better things to do with the weekend? Of course there are. That’s why we’re going to look at a few alternative routes to take the sting out of your next new vehicle!
Let People Know You’re Looking
Word of mouth works wonders. The chances are that a friend of a friend knows someone who knows someone with the perfect car for you. Ahh, the joys of associations! Put a post on social media asking if anyone knows of anything suitable. Let friends know you’re on the hunt. Bear in mind that it’s worth having some idea of what you want in advance. Otherwise, friends and family may be unable to help. If you can give them some idea of desired models, they can ask around. The joy of this method is that you get to sit back and wait for the car to come to you. Some would call it fate.
Turn To The Net
The internet is a fantastic resource for finding anything you want. If you’ve followed the above point, you’ve already used it to get the word out about your quest! The benefits don’t end there. You can also use the internet to search for cars available. You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your home! Sites like Cars & Co will even contact the dealers so you don’t have to. That way, you can pick any car, without having to deal with the hassle. Also worth checking out are used listings online. These are a fantastic way to find a bargain. Bear in mind that a used car does pose some risks, especially if you’re buying it straight from the previous owner. Make sure you know what you’re getting before you let your family in an unsafe car!
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
This last step is simple; look around you. Often, roadside cars will have for sale signs in their windscreens. You could be driving to work and see the most fantastic vehicle right in front of you. But, you won’t see it if you don’t look! Get into the habit of looking at the cars parked at the side of the road. Even if none of them are for sale, seeing models you like the look of will help you get an idea of your next pick. Make sure, too, to keep an eye out when you drive past dealerships. If you spot a car you like, you’ll be able to go straight there and buy it. Job done!