A “hot hatch” is a term used to describe “sporty” hatchback cars. One of the best-known examples of a hot hatch is the Volkswagen Golf GTi.
A lot of people think that such cars are only sought after by boy racers.
But, the truth is, millions of motoring enthusiasts around the world buy hot hatches.
Are you planning on buying a hot hatch soon? One of the pitfalls of buying such cars is that it can be easy to pay more than you need to for them.
In today’s blog post, I will share with you some amazing secrets to getting a great deal on your next hot hatch buy!
Should you buy a new or used hot hatch?
Anyone that buys a car has to think about whether they should buy a brand new or secondhand model. There are pros and cons to both options. If you can’t make your mind up, here are the main positive and negative points for each:
- Buying a new car means that you can specify optional extras from the factory. When you buy a used car, you have to retrofit any extras that you want;
- Used cars are cheaper to buy than brand new ones. If you have a tight budget, getting a new car might be out of the question;
- Certain brand new hot hatches often have long waiting lists. Used models are available to buy immediately. Be sure to also check ULEZ before buying if you live around London.
How much will it cost to insure?
Take a look at the popular Vauxhall Corsa hatchback, for example. Insurance prices range from cheap to expensive. The cheapest premiums payable on lower-spec models. If you have your heart set on a Corsa VXR, expect to pay a lot of money for your insurance!
Car insurance premiums are all calculated on one thing: risk. A young driver is more likely to make an insurance claim than say a retired female driver. The risk also applies to the car in question.
Hot hatches are often a target for criminals that want to sell stolen cars and parts from them on the black market.
The good news is that there are some ways that you can minimise those risks:
- Upgrade the factory alarm system. A GPS tracking alarm system will almost always lower your insurance premiums;
- Be savvy with your parking. Don’t park your hot hatch in seedy, unlit areas or areas with high vehicle crime rate;
- Out of sight is out of mind. Valuables such as mobile phones, wallets and laptops are desirable for opportunist thieves.
Where should you buy your hot hatch?
Many people believe that buying from private sellers is the way to get a great deal. But here’s the thing: you are more likely to bag a bargain from a dealer!
Car dealers often have promotions on new and used hot hatches and great car finance deals. That is especially true if you time your visit well. For example, you have a greater chance of getting a deal at the end of the month or financial quarter.
You also enjoy better legal protection if things go wrong, as dealers have an obligation to make sure things go smooth. There is little protection if you buy from a private seller.
Now that you know these top tips, you are ready to buy your hot hatch! Good luck!
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