Whether you need a bigger family car or you’re looking for something flashy to start the new year in style, it’s worth doing some research before deciding on buying a new car. With more electric cars registered last year than any other, there’s also an environmental side to factor into your choice.

In this guide, we’ll cover some of the best cars on the market at the moment and offer advice to help you make an exciting, more informed choice for your new car.

Think long-term value

We all look for the best value for money if we’re making a major commitment, and buying a car is no exception. Regardless of the type of vehicle you’re after, you’ll benefit more from a reliable car with reasonable costs to run and insure, as well as being a model that will hold its value.

If it’s a family car you need, hatchbacks including the Skoda Octavia, Ford Focus and Audi A3 often make the most popular choices. However, the Seat Leon stole the top spot for motoring experts What Car?. It was deemed “a better car” than all of its competitors despite its relatively low price tag.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2030, with hybrids to follow five years later. It could result in those models depreciating further than you might expect.

Consider fuel economy

Depending on the type of journeys you’re likely to take, fuel economy can be an immensely important factor to consider. A diesel car could offer you superior miles per gallon if you regularly take longer trips or commutes. However, if you just need something to get you from one side of town to the other, a smaller car with a petrol engine could be more suitable.

Go green

Of course, there’s always the option to go electric too – and it’s even more tempting with the government grant available to buyers. Certain electric cars have relatively small ranges before they need to be charged again, but a plug-in hybrid offers you the flexibility of a petrol engine to rely on should you need it.

Try it out

If you’ve decided it’s the right time for you to buy a car, don’t rush into it without seeing the vehicle first. Most garages should accept requests to view and take their cars out for test drives, so you won’t be short of opportunities to get a feel for the model you’ve got in mind. 

Think carefully

Regardless of the make, model or type of car you choose, spend some time thinking about whether you really need a brand-new car or if a used one could do the job. It’s always sensible to prioritise your finances before making a big commitment. 

With the right advice and careful consideration, you can feel confident once those keys are finally handed over.

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