Hi and welcome to our first MyCarFriend blog.
We thought that it would be a good idea to get the ball rolling with a little bit more about the services that we offer here at MyCarFriend, as they are not your ordinary fare.
Most online brokers claim to save you money on a new car, so what is so different about us?
Think of us as your car friend – the guy or gal that you go to when you need advice or reassurance about your car.
MyCarFriend isn’t a broker, nor are we about selling you a car.
MyCarFriend is about helping you with the buying process, giving you the information that you need to be assured about you choices and answering any questions that you might have without feeling pressured into buying.
You already know that you need or want to buy a car, otherwise you wouldn’t have found us. You may, however, be struggling with the how, and that is exactly where we can help.
We don’t expect you to know what car it is you are looking to buy, as there is so much choice available (more than 400 new car models available currently, and hundreds more in the used car market).
The first step of our process is to have a frank and honest conversation with you about the factors that need to be met with your new car. This ranges from how you prefer to pay for the car, for example buying it outright or financing, through to how you will use it: what you want from it in terms of it’s look, performance and usability so that we can help you to narrow down the choices by eliminating those that will compromise your needs.
We want to make sure that you buy a car that is going to be right for your lifestyle. Afterall, what good is a family hatchback if you own a Great Dane?
MyCarFriend will present you with a selection of suitable vehicles that meet your budget and use criteria.
At this point, there are two choices.
- Engage MyCarFriend to help to finalise your final choice, source the car for you and negotiate the deal to get you the best deal possible.
- Find the car for yourself.
Obviously, we want you to use our car sourcing service. We pride ourselves on regularly saving our clients thousands of pounds against real world costs. However, if you do choose to go it alone there will be a one off fee of £50 for the consultation.
The first step to finding the right car is to encourage you to test drive those cars that are on the list. If it is easier for you, we can arrange the test drive on your behalf at a time that is convenient to yourself.
When you have decided which of the options you prefer, we go to work to earn our money and to save you yours! We spend hours (sometimes days!) scouring the marketplace looking for the best deals and negotiating with dealers to find you the very best price that we can for your choice, be it for the purchase of a new car, a used car, or a lease deal.
We want to save you money, not encourage you to spend more, so our fee is a straight-forward share of the saving that we make for you. More information about our fees can be found here (Link “here” to the pricing page).
Once we have presented you our findings we will work, on your behalf, with the seller to conclude the agreement of sale and arrange delivery/collection dates so that you can take possession of your new car. Your contract of sale is with the seller, so your protection rights are not affected.
We want you to be happy enough with your new car, the savings and the service we give to tell everyone to use us, because happy people recommend with confidence and we want to inspire confidence.
We (Paul and I) set up MyCarFriend after helping family and friends to buy cars for many years. One day, while working together in the day job, the concept was formed and MyCarFriend was born,
The day job for both of us was accountancy. You can imagine how much fun we must be to sit next to at a dinner party…. The plus side to this is that we ‘get’ how the money works; how much it really costs to have a car on finance, how the hidden cost of depreciation can vary between models, why buying with cash isn’t always the cheapest way to buy.
We also know our cars, and the market place, so we know which cars are best value, and which ones are the most expensive in real terms. For example, did you know that unless you are covering at least 15,000 miles per year, the savings you make in putting fuel into a diesel car are often outweighed by the extra cost of the car in the first instance.
Our interest also spans into the future, with how the motoring landscape may look; will electricity be the only choice, will cars ever be trusted to drive themselves, will the cost of petrol and diesel increase or decrease, given the oush for fuel alternatives.
The blog will be updated regularly with our view on various topics, from new model releases and technology through to infrastructure changes such as congestion charging and ‘clean city’ projects.
Check out our first first article relating to the new London Ultra Low Emission Zone and it’s potential to roll out across other cities in the UK.