3 Mistakes People Make When Buying A Vehicle

By  | 

The decision to buy a vehicle is not one to be entered into lightly. Given the expense and time required to make the purchase, it would seem that the process itself helps to eliminate mistakes.

However, there is no denying that people can, and do, make mistakes when buying a vehicle. Even with a number of test drives and careful researching of the financial implications, it’s still possible to overlook areas that can mean you find yourself financially tied to a vehicle that just isn’t suitable for you. If you want to ensure your next purchase is as trouble-free as possible, here are three common mistakes you’ll want to avoid…

Buying on instinct

Most of us would like to think we carefully assess the features of a vehicle, consider its safety record, and whether its internal space will be sufficient for our lifestyles. However, for many people, this simply isn’t true – they buy on instinct, choosing a vehicle they like the idea of driving.

Overriding this instinct and focusing on practicalities alone isn’t particularly exciting, but it does allow you to make a more informed decision. A vehicle is a huge expense, and while you may love the look of a classic or quirky car, you’ll often find that living with it is incredibly troubling.

Not searching beyond cars

When people look to buy a vehicle, they are naturally be drawn to standard cars; hatchbacks, with four doors, the likes of which you see on the road every day.

However, many people forget that there are incredible vehicles to be found outside of the standard car; you can click this link to learn more about the benefits of SUVs, and there’s a great rundown here as to why a motorcycle may be a better option than a standard car. While it’s natural to assume you should buy a car, by expanding your thought process out to other kinds of vehicles, you can be sure you’ve truly considered the market. For example, if you have to carry a large amount of equipment regularly, you’ll likely find an SUV more suitable; if you run errands across a city, then a motorcycle could be more convenient. When people forget to explore these options they limit themselves with a “standard” remit – a remit that is not actually suitable for all lifestyles.

Focusing on “deals”

Dealerships often provide “deals” in an effort to entice new customers to buy from them. These deals range from low-cost insurance incentives to interest-free payment periods; while these can seem attractive, it is all-too-easy to overlook the long-term implications. Many people focus on the value of the deal rather than the actual cost of running the vehicle they will be buying. For example, they like the idea of an interest-free payment deal, but don’t notice that the interest rate is eye-wateringly high the moment the promotional period expires.

It is therefore important to see these promotions as a bonus, rather than an element that influences your purchase. If you only buy when the monthly costs and expenses are suitable for you – even if that means opting to buy without any “add on” deals –  you can be sure of making a sound financial purchase.

In conclusion

 By avoiding the mistakes above, you can be sure that your next vehicle purchase is suitable for you, your lifestyle, and your budget – good luck!


Image by




Homeschooled 15 year old from LA. I thrive to push the boundaries of fashion and society's rules for youth. I like chai lattes and shopping and am currently deciding which of 100 careers to pursue.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply