In the Market for a Car? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

If getting a car is in your near future, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of information and types of cars out there. Asking yourself these 5 simple questions will help you decide on whether to buy new or used.

  1. What is my budget? This is a big one. Knowing ahead of time how much you can afford will make your search that much easier. Falling in love with a car that costs thousands of Rands more than you have in your bank account can be heart breaking, so it is best to avoid this situation at all costs.
  2. Do I change cars often? If so, opt for vehicles that depreciate slower than others or a second-hand vehicle, otherwise you will be stuck absorbing the loss of value in the resale price. If you plan to keep the vehicle for a long time, consider either a brand-new vehicle or a vehicle made within the last year or two; these will be your best option for a vehicle that will last.
  3. Am I mechanically inclined? New cars are under warranty, which is a huge plus if you are not mechanically gifted or would prefer not to worry about things going wrong with your car. If you do have mechanical talents, a second-hand vehicle will do you just fine!
  4. Am I technology buff? If you are a lover of technology, you’re in luck as the automotive industry is full of cars with cool built-in technology and added accessory options. A new (or new-ish) car is likely to make you most happy if this is your thing, as they will be equipped with the most up-to-date and exciting technology.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop for a new ride! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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