If you’re planning to buy a new car in 2023 or simply hoping to squeeze another year out of your existing engine, there are numerous considerations to take into account.
There are only five that can save you money and keep you safer.
The private sale
If you’re seriously considering buying a new car and trading in your current vehicle, weigh the pros and cons of selling privately.
In the general market, high prices are paid for well-meaning older cars. The benefit of buying new with no trade-in may or may not exceed what your dealer is offering you, but it’s still worth testing the waters.
There’s a little hassle in promoting your car, as well as the inconvenience of callers and test drives, to consider. However, you might find it nicely profitable.
Dealers traditionally gave a better discount on a new car when there was no trade-in to consider. That has changed somewhat with the rise in used car prices.
However, scarcity has also pushed up new car prices, so you’ll need to see what’s best for you. Working out the benefits of the trade-in or private route can save you hundreds of dollars.
Find a reputable dealer
If you’re not going to switch to new and are going to buy used instead, it’s better to go to a reputable dealer.
That way you get a guarantee and a comeback of sorts if something goes wrong in the early stages of your ownership.
If you buy privately, you do not have to rely on any guarantees. It can be easy to overlook minor flaws when you think you’ve gotten a bargain. But they can quickly manifest themselves as costly repairs, so be careful.
Make sure the person buying your car is real. Don’t part with your vehicle until all the money is in the bank or in your hand.
It might sound obvious to urge you to look around on all fronts – from getting a new car to financing a deal – but if you want to save money, you have to do it.
One thing is for sure: you won’t lose money by trying a little harder.
Don’t throw good money after bad
If you’re not planning to buy new or used in 2023, ask yourself if you’re doing the right thing.
Does your car need some work? I understand how you can decide to hold out another year before spending big bucks on a new or newer vehicle.
However, you’re throwing good money after bad when repairs exceed your estimate.
Buying it, as daunting as it may be, can sometimes make more good business sense than fixing your current car.
Keep your car in tip-top shape
If you’re not on the buying front, you still have an obligation to yourself and your passengers. Make sure your car is in top shape.
That means making sure everything is working well. Even on new cars, items like lights can fail.
Tires are particularly prone to wear. Other critical areas to look out for are the brakes, steering, battery and mirrors.
That’s common sense. The fact that it can save you money makes it imperative to be proactive. Save driving.
Learn from those who make a living
We could, yes should, all learn a lesson. Every day they go through hell and flood to get their work done.
I’m talking about ambulance drivers, bus drivers and anyone who drives and provides a service.
I just think that given the good season that lies within, we should realize how incredible her driving in traffic can be to shave those crucial seconds that can save a life or ease the pain of missing a connecting connection.
I marvel at the drivers of the large double-decker buses. How do they assess the tiny distance between their rear wheels and the curb as they pull in or out?
I’ve watched them and they always get it right. No tire crunch.
Like ambulance drivers, they are responsible for transporting people safely every day, and I admire how they constantly monitor what is happening around them on the streets. I think all motorists could learn a great lesson from them
New technologies save lives, but they come at a price
Safety in a new car is a matter of course for us. It can often be overshadowed by more visual and tactile comfort.
I am challenged to remind you – and myself – through a few words from Nissan of the vast array of safety features that work quietly to avert and remain quietly alert.
At the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan, a team of engineers subjects its battery electric (BEV) flagship, the Ariya, to hundreds of tests.
For example, they simulate situations in which pedestrians are walking. The number that caught my eye was the Ariya’s one-thousandth-of-a-second response time to prevent you from being involved in an accident.
It’s so incredibly fast. All brands include extensive testing.
Maybe we don’t hear enough about the preliminary work that makes your new vehicle as safe as possible.
The sad thing is we have to pay taxes on safety items – proving we take it for granted
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/drive-a-better-deal-how-to-save-money-and-stay-safe-on-the-road-in-2023-42247580.html Drive better: How to save money and stay safe on the road in 2023