In South Australia, owning your own car means you have complete freedom. A car gives you the ability to go wherever you want, whenever you want.
In fact, if you’re travelling regularly to a destination that isn’t the CBD, a car is by far the best and quickest way to get there, and a necessity for most South Australians.
You’ll need your car to get to and from work, to do your grocery shopping, to visit friends and family - our public transport system won’t get you to a lot of places.
Most South Aussies have a car already, as our public transport system often doesn’t get you where you need to be at exactly the time you’ll need to be there.
So if you have a car already, when is it time to trade in for an upgrade?
It can be pretty easy to convince yourself it’s time for a new car. Some people love to upgrade every few years, and if you buy used cars that hold their value, this can make a lot of sense.
Maybe for you, once you have to get repairs done more than 2-3 times in a year, it’s time for an upgrade.
The biggest factor for most people is a change in lifestyle.
When your life changes, you can often find that your old car just isn’t quite right any more.
You might be starting a family, or you’ve taken up golf and you can’t fit your golf bag into the boot. You could’ve moved from the country into the city, and the ute you have is suddenly difficult to park and maneuver in traffic.
Maybe you’ve been studying and got your first full time paying job, or you’ve got that well-deserved pay rise, and it’s time to treat yourself to a car that’s a little bit nicer.
Or maybe you’ve bought a dog and you want to be able to comfortably take it out for drives, you’ll soon become frustrated with the car you have and start to research some alternatives.
To get the best possible deal on your next used car, it’s essential that you’ve done thorough research to identify what the right type of car for you is going to be. This is the absolute most important step in buying a car, as you’re going to have to live with it for the next few years. You really don’t want to end up with a car that cramps your style and doesn’t easily perform the tasks you really need it for.
You’ll also need to have an idea of your budget in mind.
Once you’ve worked through the kind of car that’ll suit you best, and how much you’ll spend, then you are ready to start searching car sales in Adelaide.
Surveys in the US have indicated that the majority of car buyers would prefer to complete the entire process online, from arranging finance, to selecting the car and having it delivered right to their home.
That isn’t quite possible yet here in Australia, but with dealerships in the UK and US now offering a complete online experience, from browsing cars, to finance and home delivery with guarantees if there’s any faults with the car, it’s only a matter of time before this becomes available in Australia.
In 2017, the best place to start your search for your next car is on the Internet. This will save you a ton of running around visiting dealers, as you will be quickly able to narrow down which dealerships, or even private sellers, have a vehicle you might be interested in.
All good dealers will have really detailed photographs of their cars on their website, with detailed information about the ownership history and condition of the car available up front or with a simple enquiry.
This way you can get all the information right away before you make the effort to go and test drive the car.
Don’t rule out smaller dealerships in your local area either. A small dealership might not be able to offer you a ton of extras, but their prices will usually be lower than a big dealer, and you’ll usually get a more personal, thoughtful customer experience at a small dealership than at a bigger dealership.
You might try some of Australia’s Best Car Websites in your search. Big sites like Carsales and Gumtree where you find a huge range of cars in one place are a fantastic resource. From here, you can find your way to the dealerships in your location that have cars you might like to buy.
You’ll also find links to dealer websites from this site, you can find out more about the dealership you intend to visit, and even call ahead to book a test drive and chat to the staff about what you want.
While we don’t have full online car buying available yet in Australia, you can get very close when you arrange your finance online, and get a car broker to do the work of tracking down the right car for you.
You’ll want to make sure the broker is someone you can trust. Having a chat over the phone or corresponding by email about what you want before committing to the process is a great way to get a feel for the person who’s going to find your next car.
A broker takes the time to understand what you need and listens to your concerns.
When you're confident that the broker has listened to your requirements and desires before making thoughtful suggestions, then buying a car will be a much easier process for you, and you can relax when you know you're in good hands.
Now you have all the information that you need to begin your search of car sales in Adelaide.