Tips and Advice for buying a New Car in the UK

Handy tips for you to consider when buying a new car, from the experts at RAC - the driving people.

You're buying a new car and want to know what to look out for. You want advice on what to do once you've bought your new car.

What to do

  1. Carry out a thorough checklist of your new car
    A brand new car should be in pristine condition and have no faults, but check all areas of the car before you buy. For more information, visit the RAC Cars New Cars page.
  2. Know your buying rights
    Find out as much as you can about your consumer rights before buying a new car:
    • Check the car matches the dealer's description including details about its condition.
    • Make sure the car meets the standards expected of a car of the price it is advertised at. Make sure the car is brand new by checking the mileage and ask questions if something doesn't seem right. If you are mis-sold a car you could be entitled to your money back.
    • Carefully check the terms of any additional warranty or breakdown insurance that comes with your new car. There may be limits on the amounts of each claim or the number of claims you can make.
  3. Part exchange your old car
    Many dealers will take your old car as part payment and if your old car's over 10 years old you may be eligible for the car scrappage scheme. It's worth finding out, as you could get £2,000 off your new car. Find out more about the scrappage scheme
  4. Check the dealer has registered your new car
    When you buy a new car, the dealer should have already registered it. If not, contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea as soon as possible to register your new car. Visit the DVLA website

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  • Get car insurance
    You must have at least valid third party car insurance to drive your new car home. You can usually set this up on the day you buy a new car.
  • Tax your new car
    Your dealer should be able to set this up for you but you'll need to have your car insurance sorted and the MOT certificate (new cars come with a 3-year MOT) The DVLA can advise you on getting a car tax disc. Visit the DVLA website
  • Consider breakdown cover
    You would hope your new car won't break down on the way home, but you never know. Many new cars come with accident and breakdown cover but if yours doesn't arrange it as soon as possible.
  • Get to grips with your new car
    Learn the controls, check the owner's manual for how to change the oil and check your tyres and screen wash. Now you're ready for your first road trip in your brand new car!

**10% of all customers buying Car Insurance Plus with us from 1st January 2021 to 30th June 2021 paid less than £151. Based on comprehensive Car Insurance Plus, purchased direct, excluding any additional products and upgrades, with payment on an annual basis. Your premium will depend on your circumstances and the level of cover you choose.