If you’re interested in buying a car without the hassle of looking for a seller, then buying from a car franchise dealership is for you. Buying from a reputable dealership is a lifesaver; it saves you the headache of finding a quality car that has been inspected and is ready to go. Here are a few helpful tips that everyone needs when they’re buying a car.

Create a budget

Before you go to the car dealership, sit down and look at your finances to see which car is suitable for you. It’s important to be realistic because the last thing you want to do is to buy a car which you can't afford. Think of cars which are ideal for your lifestyle. Do you enjoy going on long trips? If that's the case, choose a car which doesn't consume a large amount of petrol and has the ability to drive on gravel. Or if you only need it for your day to day errands, find a comfortable small car. But make sure your car needs are in line with your budget.

Do your research

Now that you know what type of car you need, look around. There are many second-hand car dealers who have your desired car. Try to have more than one option and don't have your heart set on one car. If the car you’re interested in is out of your budget, take a look at alternatives with similar characteristics. There are many cars on the market and once you have found the car that’s right for you, do a little investigation. Look at different car dealers in your area, find out the best mileage for used cars and read more about the car. You can look online and in car magazines which will help you to know more about cars. Take a look at the service history of the car. In that way, you can see how often the car has gone for repairs and whether it has been involved in an accident. The service history of the car will show you whether it has been well looked after.

Dealer’s reputation

Investigate the dealership you’re interested in. It’s always best to go to a reputable dealer as it gives you some sort of comfort. If you have car issues you’re more likely to have your car fixed from a trusted dealership. Buying from a trusted dealership give you peace of mind as you know that the car hasn’t been stolen and you’re not being sold a car that could breakdown at any given moment.

Don’t seem too eager

Even if you see a car that you like, it’s important to keep your cool. Don’t seem to eager without doing the necessary research. Make sure you research the value of the used car so that you don’t pay more than it’s worth. Negotiate with the dealer until you get to a price both parties agree on. Most importantly, you need to remember that it is your right as a customer to walk away should you feel uncertain or as if you’re being forced to buy the car.

Ask the dealership the right questions

There is nothing wrong with asking questions if there is anything you’re unsure of. The sales agents are there to assist you and inform you of anything you would like to know. If you’re unsure of the cost of the car, ask during the negotiation phase and don't wait until you have already agreed to buy the car.

Bring a second pair of eyes

When you go to the dealership always bring your partner or friend along. Ideally, it would be better if you brought someone who knows more about cars than you do. Have a look around the exterior and interior of the car. Make sure that when you and your friend or partner go visit the dealership that you visit during the day. Sometimes when you really want the vehicle, your judgement can be clouded. That's why it's best to bring someone along for a second opinion. Check to see the condition of the tyres, engine, headlights and brake lights, and air conditioning.  

Ask to test drive the car

You need to take the car out for a spin before you purchase it, this way you can see if there is anything worrying about it. Check the brakes, engine and exhaust, and listen for any weird noises while you're test driving the car.

Know your rights

According to the Consumer Protection Act, you can return the car to the dealership within the first six months if it doesn’t meet the requirements. The requirements are that it has to be safe and good quality and doesn't have any defects. The car has to be reasonably suited for its original purpose and it should last a reasonable amount of time. However, should the car fail to meet those requirements, you can insist the car dealership repair the damage or replace the car. Or you could insist that they give you a refund. However, if there were any defects or repairs which needed to be done and you knowingly bought the car, the Consumer Protect Act can’t assist you.