The Smarter Way To Buy A New Car
There comes a time when you decide it’s time to find a new home for your beloved car and you decide to splash the cash and shell out for a shiny new one.
If you’re planning to sell you current car, it makes sense to get it ‘ready for sale’ and there’s no better place to start than using DingGo’s network of repairers to iron out the wrinkles and getting your car back to tip top shape.
However the other side of the equation is buying the new one and that, inevitable, will involve… car dealers. Majority of car salespeople are ethical, genuine, hard-working and trustworthy people, even if they do want to part you with a significant amount of money. However that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still look for a little help before engaging with the new car dealerships.
Where to start your car buying research?
One great (and free) option is to check out a website like PriceMyCar.
This Aussie startup can help potential car buyers in not one but two different ways:
Firstly, they have collated several hundred thousands quotes for new cars over the last 6-12 months. By accessing these data, you’ll start to inform yourself of what other people have paid previously which helps you benchmark what sort of a deal you should be aiming for. For example, if you wanted to see what a new Toyota Corolla should cost, you’d pick a variant and see a simple graph representing all the recent reported prices. They’ve got the numbers on all the major brands, like Mazda, Subaru, Isuzu, Kia, Hyundai etc but also the upcoming brands like MG, GWM and Haval.
It's worth noting you will need to register to do so, but it’s all free and can be done from the comfort of your home, well before you pick up the phone to speak to a dealer.
Secondly, once you’ve done your research, you’ll need to engage with a car dealer (or dealers at some stage). Websites like PMC can help with this too as they monitor the performance of around 1,200 franchised new car dealers around the country. They keep tabs on the new car prices (discounts), responsiveness and service so, just like with our verified repairer network they know who the good guys are you should buy from. Then, if you request an introduction, you’ll be connected straight through to the fleet department of a dealership local to you… and be able to leverage the volume and accountability that websites like PMC demand from their dealer network to allow you to expect better service and a better deal.
What do services like this cost?
Both the research or connection service they offer doesn't cost anything. Websites like PriceMyCar are paid by the dealer – a spotter’s fee upon completion of a new car delivery. And in a way this helps you too as it’s in their interests to make sure they sort the wheat from the chaff and recommend the right dealer. The dealers who work the hardest to win your business and deliver the VIP service are the ones who will get the most opportunities in future.
How do you know which are the best to use?
We always recommend checking out reviews for website like this first and you can see the reviews on websites like PriceMyCar on all the usual platforms – Trustpilot, Google Reviews, ProductReview etc. so we reckon they are well worth checking out if you’re considering buying a new car.
Don't forget if you’re planning to sell you current car, it makes sense to get it ‘ready for sale’ and there’s no better place to start than using DingGo’s network of repairers to iron out the wrinkles and getting your car back to tip top shape.