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Buying a new car

All you need to know about buying new - from car configurators to test drives and what happens at the dealership

Advice 6 months ago

Should I buy a new, nearly new or used car?

Our research has shown many car buyers don’t worry about whether they want a new or a used car, all they’re concerned with is getting their next car. So, what are the pros and cons of new, nearly new and used cars?
Advice 6 months ago

How to use Auto Trader’s Owner Reviews

Looked at alongside Auto Trader’s Expert Reviews, our collection of thousands of Owner Reviews will give you the complete picture of what any car you might be interested in is like to live with.
Should I buy a hydrogen car? Advice 1 year ago

Should I buy a hydrogen car?

There’s no secret that hydrogen-powered cars are being developed, but how do they work; what are their pros and cons; and, should you consider one as your next car?
Advice 1 year ago

How can codes of practice help a car-buyer?

If a dealer won’t look favourably on your complaint, but is a member of a trade body, it can be worth talking to that body. They may be able to either help you or act as mediators.
Advice 2 years ago

Delivery dates

You can expect a wait for any new car you order, but how long should you expect to wait, and can you shorten the time?
Advice 2 years ago

Should I pay for Paint Protection?

Paint Protection is one of several offers a dealer may try to tempt you with when completing a deal, but is it worth signing up for?
Advice 2 years ago

What is GAP Insurance?

Guaranteed Asset Protection sounds like a tempting offer, but is it worth signing up for?
Advice 2 years ago

What is a Pre-delivery Inspection?

The last thing a dealer does before you accept your new car is to inspect it - but what is included? And, what happens if it reveals any problems?
Advice 2 years ago

Where should I buy my new car?

It can seem as if there are as many places to buy a new car as there are new cars, and each has its pros and cons
Advice 2 years ago

Can I take an extended test drive?

There's no better way to test a car than to find out if it will fit into your life. Happily, more and more dealers will let you borrow a car for much longer than a traditional 30-minute test drive

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