5 Mistakes Every First Time Buyer Makes

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Buying a car for the first time comes with mixed emotions. From happiness, to relief, and occasionally, confusion. But what happens when it starts getting scary. Thanks to Jumia Cars, it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading to find out the 5 scary decisions first time car buyers often make and see how you can easily avoid them.

Not test driving the car before buying 

If only buying a car was as simple as buying a pair of new shoes. After months of research and negotiating on price, you may be tempted to sign all the paper once the deal is closed. But don’t be too much in a rush to get those keys. Be sure to test drive the make and model of the car you intend to buy before making any final decisions. This is even more important when buying a used car. Used cars over have a history that may not be made known to you before purchase, so be sure to give the car a through test drive before you finalise.

Buying a car that is too small

So you’ve just bought your first car and you’re in your late twenties. You’re enjoying the bachelor life and so you opt for a sleek coupe to wow the ladies. What happens in 3 years when you meet Mrs Right and decide to settle down and have kids. That sleek coupe becomes pretty impractical doesn’t it? Always think ahead when buying a car and consider your future plans.

Buying unnecessary add on features

Smart car salesmen will always try to sell you extra car accessories and protection packages. Some dealers could even charge you an extra fee for something as ridiculous as splash guards! So it’s important to ask for the out-the-door price and negotiate that against other out-the-door prices. A new car purchase will typically include a destination fee, a sales tax and some other regulatory fees such as registration and license plates. However, you don’t have to worry about destination fees.

Negotiating on the price of the price only 

As we mentioned above, be sure to ask for the out-the-door price at the beginning of your negotiations. This will ensure that you don’t end up paying a higher price than you initially intended. The best way to prevent any surprises is to start your negotiations with the out-the-door price including taxes and all fees. This will give you a clearer picture of how much you will be spending at the end of the deal.

Failing to inspect an out-of warranty used car
If you’re about to purchase an old model used car,  make sure you can certify it’s reliability by getting a trusted mechanic to inspect it. This request should be easily accommodated by any reasonable seller. The purpose of this inspection is to allow the mechanic determine any unseen problem areas which you can in turn use as leverage to negotiate a more reasonable price at best or move on to another car at worst. 
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