5 Tips for Buying A Car

Buying a new or used car is an exciting and fun time, but you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your car and great value for money.

Whether you’re looking for your first car or you’re upgrading to later model, it’s important to be prepared before you go out shopping!

Here are Aussie Loans top five tips for taking the hassle out of buying a car and ensuring you get a good deal!

Research car prices

Do your research at home before you hit the caryards. You can do this by looking online at some web sites like Carsales.com.au or Carsguide.com.au. This should give you a basic understanding of the type of car and the amount that you will have to spend to achieve this. You need to know what the high figure and the low figure are so that you know that you are getting a good deal.

Look out for dealer promotions, for example; ‘free on-road costs’ means that they are selling the car cheaper than private sellers do. If you buy from a private seller, you will have to fit the bill for the on road costs.

Know what you want before you leave home

Have a list of non-negotiable criteria including the maximum price you are willing to pay and features and benefits that are important to you such as fuel economy, comfort to drive, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning and fuel type. This will help focus your search and help you stay on budget.

Lock in your car finance

Here at Aussie Loans we take the hard work out of financing your next vehicle. Whether you’re buying your first car, upgrading or purchasing a vehicle for work purposes and you have ABN. Aussie Loans offer competitive car finance rates and work closely with many Brisbane caryards to ensure you can get behind the wheel quickly once you’ve decided which car you want to purchase.

Not sure how much you can loan? Find car finance confusing? Got a finance question before you buy? We have helped thousands of customers secure their dream car with competitive car loans. Contact us today and our customer service team can help guide you through the process.

Negotiate the best price

So you’ve found your perfect car? Always try to negotiate the price but remember this doesn’t mean that you offer silly figures as you’ll likely just get the seller offside and lead them to walk away from the potential sale.

If you’ve done your research before you start shopping you should have a good idea of the market value for that particular make, model and year. By putting in a reasonable, lower offer than the price listed you may save a bit of money – but at the very least you’ll know you’re getting a fair deal.

Take it for a good test drive

Test Drive of the car that you are interested in is so important. Ensure that you can see clearly over the dash and have a clear view to the sides and the back. There are many driver adjustments that can be tailored to your body height and shape. Spend the time getting the steering wheel right and the seat in the best position that suits you.

Go for a 15 kilometre drive. Yes, spend 15 – 20 minutes on the road to see if you feel comfortable behind the wheel and driving it. It will be too late to do this after you buy the vehicle.

We hope these tips assist you – now you’re ready to go and shop, enjoy!


Aussie Loans is one of Australia’s largest, professional and most successful finance brokers. With direct links to 20 major Australian Financial products we can tailor a loan to suit your needs. This includes personal loans; finance for cars, boats and bikes; PLUS business loans for work vehicles, lo doc loans or truck loans.

Our experienced staff are committed to providing fast friendly service, helpful advice, flexible options and great deals no matter your circumstances. Contact us today here or call us on 1300 256 267.