A vehicle is a big investment. It’s worth putting in time and thought to decide which car is right for you. This might mean researching makes, models and features for your circumstances. It may also mean deciding to buy from a car dealer versus a private seller, or vice versa.

The information in this section will run you through important questions to ask yourself before you start shopping for a vehicle. It will also outline your rights, what to expect and how to avoid common problems when you buy a car from a car dealer or privately, eg on Trade Me or through private sellers at car fairs.