loading icon


How to save for a car

How to save for a car Article 18 Nov 0

Being flush enough to buy a car upfront has its benefits. You won’t have to worry about interest or ongoing repayments, and you can usually negotiate a discount in exchange for paying the whole sum at once. If you have visions of slapping a wad of cash onto the table at the car dealership before driving off into the sunset, it all starts with a savings plan.

read How to save for a car

When to ask for petrol money

When to ask for petrol money Article 14 Nov 0

Asking your mates for petrol money rates pretty high on the awkwardness scale – so much so that many drivers avoid it altogether. But are you justified in asking for petrol money, and if so, how should you go about it without sounding stingy?

read When to ask for petrol money

What it costs to own a vehicle

Although the purchase price of a vehicle may be written on a neon sign, other costs of owning a car are easier to overlook. Issues such as the loss in value that results from driving a new car out of the showroom, or the costly repairs if parts are difficult to come by, can really set you back.

read What it costs to own a vehicle

Do you need a car loan?

Do you need a car loan? Guide 04 Aug 0

Pulling together the money for a car is one of those all-important things they just don’t teach you in school. Taking out a loan to purchase a car is often not difficult – but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Ideally, you’ll avoid paying interest and increase your chances of negotiating a good deal by handing over cold, hard cash (or a bank cheque, as the case may be). But if you think you’ll need some borrowed help to finance your new car, there are a few things you should consider first. Then you need to decide what type of loan – if any – suits you. Read on for our guide to getting a car on finance.

read Do you need a car loan?

How to negotiate a car's price

For many people, negotiating money matters ranks fairly high on the list of nerve-wracking experiences. It’s also a necessary experience when you’re buying a car, at least if you want to get a good deal. Whether you’re buying your vehicle privately or from a sales yard, it can help to keep in mind that the seller most likely expects you to negotiate the price – in fact, often the price they give you will have been inflated in anticipation of you bargaining them down. But if you don’t ask, you won’t get – so arm yourself with this advice to help you confidently negotiate a good deal.

read How to negotiate a car's price