Getting the
best deal

Buying a new car can be a
daunting task, but once inside
the showroom follow our tips to
secure the very best deal

Top tips from our Editors

When buying a car always do your homework before you go to the showroom, you will then find it easier to ask all the right questions.  Never feel you have to make snap decision,  it is always good to go away and if you can take the car for a test drive, this is the best way to get a feel of any new car.

Lara Nugent - Lifestyle Editor Best

A car is one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make so it’s understandable you will feel pressure to make a good investment. But you don’t need to be a qualified mechanic to find a good buy. Check the vehicle’s history to establish if it has any outstanding finance or has been stolen or written off, examine the vehicle’s documents carefully – log book, service history and MOT certificates – and take it for a test drive in good weather conditions, on different road types. These simple checks will give you decision-making confidence.

Su Karney - Features Editor Reveal

What are our users saying?

Look at reviews about the car you want to buy, check mpg and insurance/tax brackets.

Lee Gatenby

Don't let your heart rule your head, think of the practicalities for yourself (and family) including petrol and insurance costs.

Rosalind Linton

Don't feel obliged to make a quick decision.

Averil Fairey

Don't view a car in the rain as this can often cover up dents/bumps/blemishes that you would have seen if the weather had been better!

Caroline Price

Take it for a test drive in varying road conditions , bends, speeds humps etc and listen to the cars noises / engine sound, how it feels when you drive.

Gill Thomas

Do your research on pricing so as you have grounds to negotiate on!

Arthur Humphreys

Auto Trader’s Top 5 Hatchbacks:

The hatchback is a staple of motoring in the UK; chances are you’ve owned one, been in one, or have even driven one today. We reviewed five hatchbacks, the Seat Leon, Audi A3, Chevrolet Volt, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia, and here are our findings:

• Affordability:  Pound for pound we think the Seat Leon delivers the highest quality for the associated cost

• Economical: The clear winner here is the Chevrolet Volt, boasting 235 miles per gallon along with 27 g/km of CO2 emissions

• Style: A difficult decision as each car is distinctive in its own right, however for overall desirability we’ve gone with the Audi A3

• Maintenance: Whilst not the cheapest overall, we think the Volkswagen Golf’s competitive servicing plan sets it apart from the rest

• Safety: Whilst all the cars score 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash testing, the Audi A3 is loaded with technology designed to make driving safer

Small Car Reviews – Top 5’s

We recently reviewed every small car on the market in the form of the UK’s first digital automotive buying guide. The guide includes 79 expert reviews, as well as bespoke videos, Top 5 recommendations and further advice from our team of experts. Here are our Top 5 recommendations for Value and Practicality. To learn more about our small car buying guide, you can click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Our Top 5 :

(in no particular order)
  1. Ford Fiesta
  2. Dacia Sandero
  3. Skoda Citigo
  4. Suzuki Swift
  5. Audi A1 Sportback

Our Top 5 :

(in no particular order)
  1. Hyundai i10
  2. Honda Jazz
  3. Skoda Fabia
  4. Renault Captur
  5. Citroen C3 Picasso