As they think about retirement one of the first things on many middle-aged Australians shopping list is buying a sports car. Now that the kids have left home and they are empty nesters there is no longer any need for the family sedan that is sitting in the driveway.
The thought of romantic drives to the beach or country-side with the roof down takes over…
However, before going in search of your dream sports car there are some things to bear in mind before you go car shopping.
First, before going to a car dealership, buyers should already have an idea of the type of sports car they will be looking for.
Do you want a convertible, a two-seater, a mid-engine sports car, or a luxury sports vehicle? These are questions prospective car buyers need to ask themselves before they start their search. This will make the selection process much easier.
Buyers need to do their homework
It would be best for prospective buyers to do some research ahead of time. Read car magazines, talk to friends on those sports vehicles that you might be interested in buying.
Don’t forget to surf the net to get the latest news and information about the various models of sports cars that are on the market.
Once you have narrowed your search down to a particular make or model. Pay a visit to a number of car dealerships. Look for special deals and discounts that they might be offering. This way a prospective buyer could get the best possible deal by comparing prices.
If money is a concern, prospective buyers should set a limit on how much they are going to spend, and stick to it! Also, bear in mind that all those tricked-up extras that you pay for add little to the actual resale value of the car when it comes to selling or trading it in the future.
Insurance premiums for sports cars tend to be relatively higher. This is reason prospective buyers need to set aside a portion of their budget for insurance. They always need to take into account the cost of maintenance, operation, and repairs.
Timing is everything
The best time of the year to purchase a new sports car is near the end of the year when car dealerships are holding their annual end of the year sales. This is when dealers try to get rid of old models and try to replace them with new ones. The car dealerships offer good discounts on selected models that they would not normally offer during these ‘end of the year’ sales. So it would be best for customers to take advantage at this time.
The warranty is an important part of your decision when buying a car. It is a part of the cost that customers pay for when they make a purchase, they must be sure that the terms of the warranty are satisfactory. Nowadays, a number of manufacturers offer five or seven-year warranties as well as fixed priced servicing during this period – this can be a real money saver and is worth bearing in mind.
Buying a new sports car doesn’t have to be a big headache. The buying process can be fun and exciting, as long as buyers know what they are doing.
This is why you need to prepare ahead of time, before going on a car hunting expedition so that you can own the sports car of your dreams.