Once you've decided the general type of car you'd prefer, narrow your search by looking at the running costs for cars of that type from the different car-makers.
like dealers' prices, insurance & servicing costs, fuel economy
of your list here has to be not paying over the odds for the car you want.
So pick up a car price guide like Parkers
or the What Car Price Guide
Prices for even almost identical cars vary by a surprising amount from dealer to dealer, so it's vital you get a realistic value to judge advertised prices by. Dealers won't accept the prices in these guides as completely accurate, but you'll be in pretty much the right area.
but a few extras are worth a fraction of their original cost on a used
steering, electric windows, central locking and at least one airbag should
see how much the insurance would cost. Quotes are based on a wide variety
of factors including crash safety, security against break-ins, anti-theft devices,
expense to repair, not to mention the features of the car itself like age
our range of
links to well-known insurance providers that we've put together
more tips on saving cash on your car insurance, read our KwikGuide
Finally, consider other running costs like fuel & servicing costs and - most likely your biggest cost of all - depreciation. Click to read more about how to save.
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