In growing up, I saw my father use Opel cars for close 2 decades; it was a black Opel Cadet which he later sprayed with multiple colours with German inscriptions of which I was never really curious to ask. A decade later, he got an Opel Astra which he eventually gave up last year for a Lexus and Hilux.
I’ll recommend an Opel to anyone, even to myself, for reason that the new models are sleek, luxurious and comfy.
According to Motor Authority, organizers of the European Car of the Year Awards, founded in 1964, named the latest Opel Astra the winner for 2016. Other cars to make the final round of voting, out of an initial field of more than 40 contenders, included the Audi A4, BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XE and Skoda Superb.
So, for a beginner of Opel preference, here are a few guidelines for you to consider in buying an Opel car:
Beside the sleek design, we are customarily mindful about a banging sound system and its perks. Usually with the traffic jam situation especially in the capital city, it is fair to have good sound to relax from the unjustifiable and unsound trotro drivers on the road. But first figure out what you need – cargo space, all-wheel drive, power versus fuel efficiency and so on. Do this before you start shopping: set a budget and stick to it. Be sure to include all costs in your budget, including fuel, insurance, maintenance and repairs.
KNOW YOUR STUFF
From consumer reports to IIHS crash-test rankings and CAA’s Driving Cost calculator, all the info you need to find your ideal car and negotiate a good price is a mouse-click away. It wouldn’t hurt to take a few minutes off social media to do a constructive research online.
If you have plans on purchasing a used Opel car, this is the best investment you can make. Before you buy, take the vehicle to an Approved Auto Repair Service location for a 201-point inspection – even if the seller has done his or her own inspection. If the inspection pinpoints required repairs, consider asking the seller to deduct the cost from the sale price, or split the difference.
YOU CAN NEGOTIATE… IT’S ACTUALLY FINE
Don’t be afraid to negotiate particularly on new cars. Dealers normally markup factory options between 15-20%, while dealer-installed options can be marked up by even more. A reasonable offer would allow the dealer approximately half of the markup as profit. Keep an eye on extras, such as paint sealant or “processing fees”. Private used-car sellers tend to set asking prices high to leave room for negotiation. If you’re buying privately, check out the asking prices of other similar vehicles, as well as the Black Book and Gold Book values. Make a first offer that’s 10-20% lower than you’re ultimately willing to pay, so that you have room to negotiate.
Predominantly for used vehicles, look for rust and signs of excess wear, plus any signs that undisclosed repairs have been made. Request the maintenance records and look for evidence of past collisions or damage.
TAKE A TEST DRIVE
It is okay to take the car on a test drive to get a feel on how the car performs in as many different driving environments and possibly, weathers – from parallel parking to the motorway or N1 road. The drive should last between 30-45 minutes and vie with the type of driving you plan to do. Also examine the exterior for signs of leaking and listen for strange sounds while the engine is still on.
IF NEED BE, SCRUTINIZE THE CONTRACT
If you’re buying from a dealer, be confident that everything you negotiated with the salesperson is in writing, and double-check any extra costs such as taxes and consignment charges. Don’t leave sections blank, and ensure that any changes are reflected on all copies of the agreement. Remember, a signed sales offer is a legal commitment to buy – so don’t put pen to paper unless you’re ready to drive those wheels off the lot.
(+ 1) YOU CAN WALK AWAY…
You can walk away if you think the seller is employing high-pressure or underhanded tactics – excessive stalling, outlandish promises, refusing to allow a test drive or inspection – take the high road out of there. You’ll find the right set of wheels somewhere else.
In the end, it is your comfy, preference, durability and reliability of what you decide to settle for that will influence your choice making.
All the best! ➡