How to buy a car

We take you through the whole car buying-process, making it as cost effective - and enjoyable - as possible...

How to buy a car

If you want to know how to buy a car in the UK you have come to the right place.

We'll start by helping you find out how much your current car is worth by using our free What Car? used car valuations.

Once you've got your valuation, the next decision you'll need to make is whether to go for a new or used car – we'll even look at a third option that could prove best for you.

Next, we'll help you choose the right make and model to suit your individual needs.

We'll take you through What Car?'s new car reviews; written both by our experienced road testers and real-life owners.

We'll show you how to compare data, specifications and prices between multiple models, saving endless hours spent scouring manufacturers' websites.

We'll also help you make an informed decision between diesel and petrol power.

Beyond this, we'll explain the reasons behind depreciation, while also looking at its implications when you come to sell on.

We'll also explain how to take a test drive using What Car?'s road-test regime and reveal the nine key areas where potential cars should score top marks.

We'll help you get the best deal, too, with invaluable tips on how to haggle with a car dealer, by combining What Car?'s haggling tips with new-car discounts that we've found at main dealers through our Target Price promise.

When it comes to paying for your car, we'll take a look at how car finance works – stripping away the jargon to help you get the best deal possible.

Finally, we'll run through the post-purchase paperwork and delivery phase. We'll look at waiting times, handover procedures and – in the worst case – rejection of your new vehicle.

Buying any expensive item brings risks, but following our advice should make the whole process a whole lot smoother and far less stressful.