4. HAVE YOU TEST-DRIVEN OTHER CARS?
There is nothing wrong with not knowing much about cars. You can always do some research by reading the reviews on the Torque website. The Straits Times also has a lot of car reviews.
It is wrong, however, to simply decide on a car on the advice of relatives, friends or colleagues. If you don’t know much about cars, don’t let yourself be convinced that a car is good simply because someone else said so. TEST-DRIVE IT FOR YOURSELF.
And while you’re at it, test-drive the rival models of that particular car you were eyeing. You won’t know that you like it until you try it. Besides, by visiting many showrooms, you might even encounter a car that’s even more suitable for your needs and budget. After all, few people buy the first house they view. Shop around for the best deal.
5. THERE’S NO “BEST TIME” TO BUY A CAR!
Well-meaning friends, relatives and colleagues might try to persuade you to only buy a car at a motorshow or at the end of the year when dealers are trying to meet their quotas.
Unless these contacts of yours can actually nab you a great deal, you should take what they’re saying with a pinch of salt.
There is no “best time” to buy a car. As I mentioned previously, worrying about factors that you can’t control (COE, economy, etc.) is a waste of time. Buy a car when you need it, and when you’re ready and willing to.
You must do your homework when buying a car from a parallel importer