A new car is sparkly, perfect and all yours with a gleaming number plate to show off how new it is – just to make sure the neighbours know. Nowadays when you buy a car you get flowers and sometimes wine or chocolate as you pick it up from a fancy showroom – what more could you want?!
But is it really worth buying a new car? We run through some of the benefits of buying straight off the manufacturing line and reasons why you should think about buying new.
Ever got a used car and had the debate about what the mysterious stain on the seat is? That’s a problem you don’t have to deal with if you buy brand new! No suspicious scrapes and scratches, no chips on the windscreen; fresh off the production line, a new car is motoring perfection.
Buying new comes with the perk of a manufacturer’s guarantee, more commonly known as warranty. Anything that goes wrong mechanically or electrically with your car (that isn’t down to your care or driving), is fixed free of charge while it’s under warranty – what a dream! You can get warranty on used cars that have been ‘approved’ by qualified dealers, but that generally comes with a monthly fee.
A lot of manufacturers have some great warranty packages, like MG with 5-7 years depending on the model, or Kia, which offers 7 years free warranty regardless of the model. Be careful with the small print, though, as some manufacturers will have a condition on their warranties stating that it is only valid up to a certain mileage. But others are going the opposite way, like Hyundai who offers a warranty of 5-years with unlimited mileage. So if you clock up some miles then make sure you’ve got the right warranty cover.
Scrappage offers and deposit contributions
At the moment, there are a lot of offers out there if you’re looking for a little bit of help with the deposit on a new car, including scrappage schemes. Some schemes can offer up to the £5,000 mark which is a great start to any deposit. While most scrappage schemes can’t be used in conjunction with other deals, typically it takes away the hassle of having to find a new owner – or scrapyard – to take your vehicle. In some cases, the value of the scrappage scheme will outweigh what you can get for sale or parts, so it’s worth considering.
Mazda, Kia and Toyota all have great scrappage schemes available, but they’re limited time only, so make sure you check the deadlines before you plan on using your old banger as a deposit.
Pick exactly what you want/build your own car
Perhaps the most exciting benefit of buying new is that you can generally get exactly what you want. Did you want heated seats but the only models on the forecourt with it are a colour you don’t like? No problem! Just order up exactly what you want and wait for delivery.
Perhaps this makes us picky as we seek perfection, but with a new price tag you should expect to get exactly what you had on your wish list (within reason, of course), so make sure you scrutinise the options and take your list with you to the dealership.
Long test drives
Not 100% sure on what you need on your tick list? Not to worry, because many manufacturers are now offering extended test drives for those considering buying new.
BMW proudly offers 24-hour test drives on all 46 of its models, and MINI has gone even further to offer 48-hours with most of its range. You’ll get to test out exactly what it would feel like on that quick run to the shops, or the morning commute, but really what happens is you fall in love over those hours and can’t face giving it back…
Other package perks
Dealers and manufacturers are often so keen to push new car sales that they’ll offer a lot of different after-sales packages to sweeten the deal. But these can be great little additions to have. Skoda is offering 2-years of free servicing, which can save you a lot of money for the pleasure of spark plugs, brake checks and oil changes.
Make sure you shop around, some manufacturers will have some extensive packages, like Renault who offer 3 years free warranty alongside roadside assistance, with 3 years free servicing for £299. It pays to buy new but shop around for the best ongoing customer care deals to save you money in the long run.
Pulling up in a shimmering new car with the latest number plate certainly gives you an air of smugness, but also demands compliments and jealousy from your friends. Because is there anything sweeter than having bragging rights?
New car smell
Is there anything more satisfying than new car smell? This joyous fragrance has even been made into air fresheners and perfumes we love it so much. With a car that’s new to you, it’s perfectly acceptable to expect it to smell brand new to achieve that euphoric feeling of accomplishment and luxury. But you don’t get that real car smell in used cars, so is it worth missing out?
Getting the latest model
Many manufacturers add a number of midlife upgrades to their cars, so even if a new iteration of a particular model isn’t on the horizon for the next few years, there’s enough new tech and aesthetic touches to make sure a brand new car is always the smartest on the road. So, if you want the most up to date infotainment system or the latest flashy dynamic LED lights, then make sure you buy new.