When you head to a dealership to choose a brand new car from the showroom, keep these tips in mind:
Don't rush. Selecting a vehicle is an important decision, and while you may fall in love with a car's looks it's always worth learning more and seeing how it performs on the road.
Do your homework. Browse through some initial reviews of the model online and you'll be more informed when you step into the showroom. If the car's a second-generation or later of the same model, see what other drivers have said about older versions.
Check the Euro NCAP score. Many new cars are put through the Euro NCAP safety testing quite quickly, and you might be able to see the results and score out of five stars online.
Turn your test drive into a typical route. Use the types of roads that you would normally, and make sure you spend enough time on the road to really get a feel for the car.
Make sure you know all your options. If there's a particular colour, engine or accessory that you're looking for, check the brochure. It might be available, just not on the standard model.
On delivery, check everything's right before you leave. If you've returned to the dealership to collect the car, don't drive off with it until you're certain it's in perfect order.