Buying a new car – your complete guide

Whether you buy through a dealer, broker, or car supermarket, this guide contains our best tips on how and where to buy a new car

With the recent trends for expansion in the SUV, crossover, PHEV and electric car sectors, the new car market has never been more crowded. At the same time, the range of different options for buying a new car has grown over recent years. Your traditional franchised dealer networks are still strong, but so too are car supermarkets, which offer a vast range of new models at a single convenient location. On top of this, there is the option of new car brokers, which aim to source the best deal for you by acting as an intermediary between you and a seller.

With these three main sales options available to new car buyers, you really need to know the pros and cons of each in order to choose which road to go down. As a prospective buyer, you’ll need to consider what you want from the buying experience. Of course, the best price possible is an obvious priority, but do you need help choosing the right car? And what kind of finance are you willing to sign up to? Is the aftersales experience important? And are you happy to sacrifice some benefits in order to get a better deal?

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The different options each have their own positive and negative points, so we’ve put together this straightforward guide to help you choose the best way for you to buy a new car. Click the links below or on the left to jump to the buying option that most appeals to you.

If you’re after more car buying advice check out our guide to finding the best car finance deal.

Guides to buying a new car

  • • Franchised car dealers 
  • • Car brokers
  • • Car supermarkets

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