You’ve been with your significant other for years now and sharing a car isn’t working out anymore. Both of you guys have your own lives to live and have places you need to go. You work late nights and your partner is working during the day.
You receive newsletters and promo offers on different types of cars. Now, getting a second car isn’t such a bad idea.
There are a few things you should look at before taking this big financial step of purchasing a second car with your partner.
Discuss your finances with your partner
Communication is key in every relationship. Everyone should be on the same page. So, before jumping into anything, discuss buying a second car with your partner.
Find out if you guys can afford to buy another car. The petrol price in South Africa has soared over the years. It is important that both parties are open about their finances. Highlighting their expenses and debts they pay every month.
Once both of you know each other’s financial status, it will help both of you to make an informed decision.
Draw up a household budget as well. Discuss who is contributing what towards the groceries, toiletries, rent and any other expenses you share.
Once both of you have sorted all of that out, discuss who will be paying what now that there will be an added expense that you will be paying. It is important that both of you guys go into this agreement understanding what’s at stake.
What kind of car are you looking for?
Once you and your significant other have worked out your budget, you need to decide on what you want. Are you guys looking for a bigger car or a small one?
If you guys already have a small car, there is no need for you to get another small car. Think about your future. Do you have children, are you planning on starting a family, do you like travelling together?
All these things will help you decide which car you should get. Be practical. Just because you would love to drive a two-door sports car with air conditioning, power steering and electric windows, doesn’t mean it’s the practical choice. Find a car which is suitable for you and which will be suitable for you in the next five years.
There are many used Toyota Corollas, Toyota Etios, Toyota Hilux 3.0 d-4d, Toyota Hilux 2.5 d-4d and other cars for sale which could be a perfect fit for you.
New or used vehicle
Once you have budgeted, now you can decide whether you’re going for a brand new car or not. Many of us would love to buy a brand new car, since we know it’s new and likely won’t give us many problems.
The thing is, new cars are quite expensive compared to secondhand ones, so you do save much more when you buy a used vehicle. Plus, you can get a secondhand car which is in good condition, especially if you use a trusted car dealership.
When surfing the internet or going to a car dealership, there are many different cars to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a brand new car or used one.
There are Toyota used cars on the market as well as others. All you need to do is decide on what you’re looking for.
Let your partner test drive the car
Always test drive the car before deciding whether you’re planning on buying it. Remember to let your partner test drive it because it is their car as well.
For example, let’s say you buy a Toyota pre-owned and you love it, but your significant other doesn’t. You need to remember that you aren’t buying this for yourself but both you and your partner. Your partner needs to be comfortable. Ask them whether there is something they don’t like about the car.
Looks can be deceiving, so always make sure you test drive the car, to ensure that you buy a car that is in good condition.
With the number of people getting into accidents and car thefts. It is advisable to ensure your car because you never know what might happen.
Insurance is expensive but you need protection. Even if you know that you’re a careful driver, that does not mean you can’t or won’t ever be in an accident. There are many reckless drivers out there.
Having a car that’s insured gives you peace of mind. You know that you and your partner are covered for accidents, damage or theft while on the road.
Before going to the car dealership, always make sure that you guys are on the same page. Make sure you find a trusted dealership that will assist you in buying a quality vehicle.