That's why we've put this guide together. Keep its advice in mind so you can make your choice with confidence. We've split the guide into four easy to read sections.
Having the right number of seats makes all the difference. So if you have a dog, play golf or use your car for holidays, consider a 4 or 5-door model. And don’t forget: fold down seats, a tailgate and handy storage make things more convenient.
It also worth considering how far you drive. If you’re a townie driving a few miles each day, you probably need a smaller car with parking sensors, for tight spaces. And if you drive a lot, you’ll probably want 6-speed transmission and sports seats for added comfort.
Vauxhall cars put your safety first. Active features include anti-lock brakes and electronic stability systems, to help you avoid an accident. Passive features include crumple zones, seat belt pre-tensioners and airbags to protect you in the event of a crash.
While we’ve done most of the thinking for you, there are a few things you should think about. For instance, if you have a young child, you’ll need to be able to de-activate the passenger airbag, so you can fix a rear-facing child seat in the front.
Whichever Vauxhall you choose, you’ll find the standard model has plenty to offer. But if you want additional features, please refer to the brochures, see our car prices guide or use our vehicle configurator.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that models with higher levels of trim and more features as standard offer good value for money and can be easier to re-sell. And if you decide to handpick your accessories, remember to take your time, consult your retailer and allow time for the accessories to be fitted.
Choosing between a diesel and petrol car can be tricky, but here are our key tips to help you. Both types of engine have been refined over the years and their respective fuel prices are now quite similar. Servicing costs for each engine are also similar, especially with our range of fixed-price services.
Petrol engines are usually better for short journeys, if you’re driving in cities and towns, rather than on motorways. Petrol engines are also smoother and quieter than diesel, and over their lifetime need less maintenance.
Diesel engines are generally better for long journeys and motorway driving, offering more torque than a petrol engine. Diesel models can be more expensive as a result. Refinements mean the engines aren’t as loud as they used to be, as our 1.6CDTi Whisper Diesel’ engine shows. Diesel engines also produce less CO2 and so are subject to less car tax. This and their suitability for long journeys mean diesels are popular among company-car drivers and those who do a high mileage.
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When buying a car, it’s good to set out with a total figure or pay-monthly amount that you're prepared to spend. With more attractive finance options available you may be able to afford more than you think so make sure you explore all your options. Have a look at our online configurators, car finance calculators and car prices guide, to get a good idea of what you need and can afford. Remember also to include monthly running costs like insurance, tax, fuel and servicing.
You might also want to consider trading in your current vehicle so you can use it as a down payment against your new one. Get an idea of how much your current vehicle is worth using our valuation tool.
Choosing between a new or a used model can be tough. Here we summarise the key benefits of both, to help you make your decision.
Car insurance can be costly, so get a few quotes in. Generally, the more expensive the vehicle, the higher the premium. Similarly, the lower the security rating and higher the accident-repair cost, the higher the premium.
The road tax you pay each year is based on your car’s CO2 emissions. Cars with levels below 100g/km pay no tax.
Service your car regularly. To estimate the cost, visit our Owners section and note the service intervals recommended for your car. Also, join our online Service Club for discounts on parts and labour. Finally, don't forget tyres. The bigger they are and the lower their profile, the more expensive they are. You're also legally required to ensure your tyre tread is above 1.6mm.
The decrease in your car’s value over time is one of its biggest costs. This happens at different rates depending on the model and the options you’ve chosen, such as the car’s colour and features. Popular models with strong second-hand appeal tend to command the best trade-in and sale prices, so keep your eye on what's in vogue.
You’ll find the best deals at Vauxhall Retailers, which run Vauxhall offers as well as their own retail offers.
Vauxhall offers make it easier to buy your next vehicle with packages like 0% Car Finance, PCP Car Finance and Personal Lease Cars.
Retailer-specific offers can be found by visiting Retailers in person. Find your nearest Retailer. Alternatively, you can request a quote to see what deals they have.
Looking for a new van? Vauxhall offers a fantastic 4-in-1 offer, including four years' 0% APR (Representative), four years' servicing, four years' breakdown assistance and four years' warranty.
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Buying a new vehicle is a major investment – so take a test drive and ensure your future vehicle meets your needs. Here’s a list of things to consider when you visit your Retailer:
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