Motoring tips column

Peter Rodger, Chief Examiner IAM
Peter Rodger, Chief Examiner IAM

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) provides weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he advises on buying a new car:

l Decide on the type of your car you need. Make sure your choice fits the purpose.

l Know your budget. How much you are able to spend? Think about potential insurance and other running costs as well.

l Check the running costs before you buy. Diesel cars offer better fuel economy but are more expensive. Don’t forget car depreciation; road tax is related to carbon emissions so the lower the emissions, the better.

l Make sure you know how you will be financing the car. Most importantly, stick to your budget.

l Test drive. You need to find out if the car is comfortable and suits your needs.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “The new registrations are released in March, so some people will be thinking about a new car. If you are – buy a car with the latest safety technology.”