It’s a huge deal to buy a car, regardless of whether it’s new or used. The excitement mixed with the unexpected could easily lead to mistakes. These mistakes can end up really costing you and you want to avoid it if you can.

With that being said, here are 6 common mistakes to avoid when you buy your car.

  1. Skipping the Test Drive

One of the most common mistakes people make when car shopping is skipping the test drive. They just take the seller’s word for it and this can lead to some pretty serious issues. Take the car for a test drive and, if you can, have a mechanic friend or someone who knows a lot about cars tag along. They should be able to let you know if any big issues are happening. Test driving can also let you get the feel of the vehicle and figure out if you like it. Keep in mind, someone who refuses a test drive is probably hiding something, so stay away!

  1. Not Checking the Tyres

Another big mistake that can end up costing you is not checking the tyres. You want to shop around for the best ones and many places have multiple types of tyres to offer. The last thing you want to do is spend a big chunk of money on the vehicle and have to replace the tyres a few days, weeks or months down the road. In all honesty, the tires should be one of the first things you check out. If need be, pull out the penny and see where the tyre falls. You also want to make sure you look at each of them to see if there’s any damage or flatness. You need to check for your driving requirements as to where are you going to use the bought vehicle mostly. If your answer here is ‘on rough terrains’, you need to check for the 4WD tyres. If you do see something like this, try talking down the price since you’ll have to spend money to fix them.

  1. Not Reading the Paperwork

Not reading the paperwork is one of the mistakes you really want to avoid. There are so many things that can be added in the fine print of paperwork and these can result in things like having to pay fees you had no idea about. Make sure you take time to read everything and bring someone who can explain everything to you. If the person selling the car tries to rush you or doesn’t want to let you take the time to get a good understanding of the paperwork, they probably added something that they don’t want you to see. If this is the case, don’t risk it!

  1. Not Shopping Around

Another common mistake people do is not shopping around. Many people don’t visit multiple dealers or sellers and they settle on the first one they come across. You want to avoid this because different places might have the same car for a better price. There’s also the chance that some places might be trying to charge you way more than what the car is actually worth. The best bet is to shop around and see what different places have. If you don’t find anything better, you can always go back to the first place you went and see if they still have the car you were interested in. Even if they don’t, you should be able to find another that you like.

  1. Not Calling Your Insurance Agent

Another thing you want to avoid is completely neglecting to call your insurance agent. For starters, different cars might have a higher premium and you never know what it might be. Even if there isn’t a premium, the amount added to your bill for a new car might be too much for your specific budget. The best thing to do is call your insurance agent and ask how much it would be to add another car and if there are certain cars that will result in a higher premium. If so, you’ll at least know what to avoid if you can’t afford it.

  1. Not Doing Research

One final mistake is that people not doing research. You want to make sure you do plenty in order to get some ideas of what you want and see whether or not you’re getting a good price. This can be hard if you aren’t sure exactly what you want, so you could take your phone with you and research as you come across the various cars. You just don’t want to jump in head first to something you’re unsure of or into something that might end up being way more trouble than what it’s worth.

These might not seem like much, but they can really make or break the entire process. The good news is that you can easily avoid these mistakes if you’re attentive and prepared!