A new car could be one of the biggest purchases you make.
Find out what's involved in buying a new car - including comparing new car prices - so you can get the one that's right for you.
1. Get advice about buying a car
Our motoring and legal advice helpline can help you find a vehicle that suits your needs. Call 0800 500 333 or ask us a question.
2. Research before you buy
The AA experts have learnt a lot about cars. For information about buying a car, read our:
- Practical motoring advice on the AA Torque motoring blog
- Car running costs report
- Car crash and safety tests - safety of new cars
- New car reviews
3. Apply for a pre-approved AA Car Loan*
A pre-approved AA Car Loan allows you to act as a cash buyer. You know how much money you have to spend and you may be able to negotiate the price. To arrange an AA Car Loan call us on 0800 500 555, go to your nearest AA Centre or apply online. If you want to work out your loan repayments first, use our online loan calculator.
4. Find a car to buy
Spend your time searching for a new car. Research your options through the many channels that are available to you. Make sure that you have established your wish list and must have list before you start your research.
5. Arrange an AA Pre Purchase Inspection
Before you buy a used car, we recommend you get an AA Pre Purchase Inspection. This will give you an in-depth appraisal of a car's mechanical state. We can come to the car or you can bring the car to us.
To book an AA Pre Purchase Inspection use the online booking form or call 0800 500 333.
6. Check the vehicle history before you buy
Before buying a used vehicle, check its history with an AA Vehicle History report. An AA Vehicle History report tells you if the car is stolen, if there's money owing on the vehicle, the ownership history, odometer history, adverse accident history and much more.
You can buy an AA Vehicle History report online or call 0800 500 333.
7. Arrange AA Car Insurance
AA Insurance offers comprehensive and third party car insurance. You must prove you have comprehensive car insurance to get an AA Car Loan. You can get a car insurance quote online or by calling 0800 500 221.
8. Finalise your AA Car Loan
You've found the car you want and organised comprehensive car insurance. Now you need to finalise your pre-approved AA Car Loan.
9. Confirm whether you need AA Loan Cover Insurance
AA Loan Cover will pay your AA Car Loan repayments if you can't pay them due to redundancy, sickness, disability or death. Ask us about AA Loan Cover when you finalise your AA Car Loan.
10. Picking your car
You can pick up your car once you have the AA Car Loan cheque and/or we've paid the money into the seller's account.
11. Change of ownership
Register your car for change of ownership at your nearest AA Centre.
12. Arrange AA Mechanical Breakdown Insurance
AA Mechanical Breakdown Insurance will cover the cost of mechanical breakdowns and repairs.