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What to take

A visit to a dealership is the most important stage in deciding if a car is right for you. To make the most out of your visit to a dealership, it pays to plan ahead. Here are a few suggestions:

Take someone with you; choosing a car is a big decision and having someone there to talk things over with often helps.

If you wish to nominate a driver, they should come with you and test drive the car too.

Make a check list of any specifics or extras you want in your new car (adjustable seats, electric windows, etc). This will help your dealer in finding you a suitable car.

If you use a wheelchair or any other mobility aid, take that with you so you can try the car out for size and accessibility.

Write down any questions you have and take these with you as a reminder.

Useful tips for choosing a car

When choosing a car there is a lot to consider, here are a few key decisions that can help make finding the right car easier.

style of your vehicle (saloon, estate, hatchback, and MPV for example) to car specifications (both those fitted as standard and optional extras).

To start, calculate the cost of your car by considering costs such as the advance payment and fuel. Don’t forget cars vary significantly in terms of fuel type, engine size and efficiency.

Think about your lifestyle and review which cars best suit you and the journeys you regularly make.

Consider greener choices; certain makes and models can be both cheaper and more environmentally friendly to run.

Then, once you’ve evaluated everything that’s important to you, visit a couple of dealerships and take those all important test drives to help you choose your car.

Next, assess what is important to you in a car; anything from the size and body

For more help and advice, order ‘Choosing your car’ – see page 15 for more details.

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