Choose your car carefully

WHEN you are considering buying a car, be it new, second hand or merely an upgrade to your current model, there are many things to consider.

Firstly, you should decide on your budget and have contingency arrangments in place, in case the car you fall in love with is a little more expensive than you planned for.

Once you have decided on your budget, you should factor in other expenses, such as the cost of insurance, as well as potential transfer fees, although a lot of cars sold include this in the price. If you are a serious buyer, it can be negotiated.

The costs of both new and second-hand cars vary from make to make, and differ from UK prices. In general, new cars tend to be a little cheaper than those in the UK, but second-hand cars hold their value, and are more expensive than the same model over there. Part of the reason for this is that we are on a small island, and there are substantially fewer cars than, for example, on the Spainish mainland.

Both the transfer and insurance costs differ from the UK, where changing ownership is fairly straightforward, and only involves filling out a form and sending it off to Swansea DVLA.

Here, the cost of transferring a car can be quite substantial, depending on the make, model and engine size, as well as the age and official valuation of the vehicle. It also cannot be completed unless the purchaser has an NIE number and/or a Residencia, an in-date passport, and proof of address such as a Certificate of Empadronmiento or Registered Escritura.

Once you have decided on the budget, you should think about what size you want, for example two, four, five, seven or nine seats, and whether you want manual or automatic transmission, because this will affect the type of vehicle you can look at.

It is not such a good idea here to set your sights on a specific make and model, because they are often just not available. A woman will tend to choose a car by size and colour, a white Seat Ibiza, for example, whereas a man will consider more options eg engine size, fuel consumption and size. Women tend to prefer a smaller-sized car, probably because it’s easier to find a parking space on all their shopping trips!

You should always ask to test drive the vehicle and ask when the cam belt was last changed. If this has not been done, it should be undertaken as a matter of priority (dependant on the age and mileage of the vehicle). By test driving a car you will get a feel of how it suits your needs, even though you may be a little nervous at the time.

People often start looking for a small or compact car and end up with something completely different, simply because they had a test drive in something they had not previously considered.

When buying a car, insurance costs will play a part, but they sometimes vary quite substantially from the UK. Here, it is the car, not the person, who is insured.

Depending on your policy, it will mean that, in the event of you becoming ill when out, or perhaps having a little too much to drink, another driver (within the specified age limits and criteria) can safely drive your car home.


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