Have you ever regretted a car purchase?

December 20th, 2011   | Share:  
Have you ever regretted a car purchase?

Posted by Richard Sinclair

Buying a car is a very big decision and it can take a long time to make up your mind and even then you never know what problems could be lurking under the bonnet of your new purchase.

Andy Cullwick, head of marketing, Manheim Auctions, explained that research is the key to making a top purchase and noted that the internet should be the first stop when drivers are looking to find a new model. Fact finding will reduce the chances of picking up a car that won't suit your needs.

Despite the best intentions to research cars, I'm sure we've all had a few regrets when it comes to buying a new motor, particularly when it comes to used cars, but now Manheim Auctions has revealed the major concerns and problems motorists have.

Of course unreliability and breakdowns soon after purchase are the biggest regrets revealed by drivers who have picked up a new purchase, cited by 24 per cent of respondents to the survey.

Almost 15 per cent of motorists regretted buying a car because they found it to be too expensive to run while one in ten admitted they thought they had paid too much for their car once they got it home.

It is important to check out running costs including insurance, fuel economy, repair costs and the car's CO2 emissions rating, as these will all help drivers make the best decision and avoid the fate of 2.3 per cent of respondents, who said the car they picked up was "not as green" as they thought it was going to be when they researched it.

Obviously, "green" refers to the car's environmental credentials, rather than its colour, but it is also vital to pick out a colour that you like as believe it or not some motorists will settle for a shade they do not like, a regret cited by 3.3 per cent of the 3,000 respondents in the One Poll survey.

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Comments (1)

  • I have never regretted a car purchase. However, I did lots of research beforehand and made sure to buy certified pre-owned and with a warranty. My first car was actually light green which I didn’t want but settled. Current car is black which is my first choice.

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