Three things to look for when buying a new car

So, you’re on the hunt for a brand new car? How exciting!

At West City Auto Group, we’ve sold thousands of new cars. We’ve also sold thousands of used cars, but that’s another story. It’s our job to know exactly what you’re looking for, and lucky for you, we’re pretty good at our job. We’re all about giving our customers the most knowledge we can, so you can make the best decision for your needs. Here’s the simplified guide to the three things we think you should look for when buying a new car.


From, “what other colours does this car come in?” to “No, those headlights really aren’t for me.” Believe it or not, the most common aspect of a car we get asked about is its ‘look.’ If you’re driving often, your car is probably something you glance at every day. That means you might as well buy something you enjoy seeing. Is the sleek, slick and sporty look of the Suzuki Swift for you? Or, do you prefer the retro, tough, off-road vibe of the Suzuki Jimny? Before entering a dealership, have a browse on a brand’s website and see what colours or models of car you like.  Then, head along to our … dealership in … to see if the car you’ve fallen in love with online is your dream match for the next 100,000 kms and more. Test drives are just like a first date, really.


Once you’ve got your look sorted, it’s time to check out the stuff that truly does matter – performance. Fuel economy refers to the distance travelled by a vehicle and the amount of fuel consumed. Essentially, it is how much fuel your car uses as it zooms around those inner-city suburban streets, well-worn gravel roads, or whatever terrain you negotiate across. Good fuel economy is critical as it saves you money in the long term. It also offers increased sustainability, which is better for you and better for our beautiful planet. We all love an easy way to reduce the operational cost of cars. Horsepower and engine size may be another factor you want to consider when looking at a new car.


Finally, you want to look at the features a car has. Do you want GPS navigation? How about important safety benefits such as electronic stability control? If a reversing camera works wonders for your parking technique, this is probably a feature you’d love to have. All cars have the basic safety features required by law, but if there’s something additional you’d like, now is the time to chat with your sales consultant about it. There’s a huge list of optional extras that you can have and your sales consultant will know what other people have added and loved. At this point, it’s like visiting a workshop to build the car of your dreams.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when buying a new car, especially if it is your first time buying new. There’s a tone of information to get through. How do you accurately know fact from fiction? Our sales consultants are here to guide you through the whole process and find the right car for your lifestyle and budget. Visit our dealership to get all your car questions answered. Most importantly, enjoy that new car smell that everyone raves about!

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"Amazing service! If you are looking to buy a new car see Ravi at West City Suzuki. He was perfect to deal with from the second we got there. Great service, encouragement and advice when asked. I love my Swift Sport."
"Fantastic service, from the minute we walked in the door. I was shown all the options available, never felt pressured into a decision... would thoroughly recommend the team at West City Kia."
"I recently bought a second-hand car from West City Suzuki, and the customer service I received was the best I have ever received from any car dealer I have ever dealt with."
"Fabulous visit, went in to look at the new Kia Stinger, bought it. Really helpful staff and not at all pushy. Can't speak more highly of this car sales outlet."
"Friendly staff and good choice of cars."
"Recently purchased a Swift RS from Steven and couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Steven and will definitely come back if we decide to trade up or purchase another Suzuki."
"Visited the dealership to check out and test drive a Barina. Ended up buying the 1.4T Holden Cruze and I couldn't be happier. Thank you Karan for the great customer service! Looking forward to future transactions."
"We picked up our new car today. Stephen was amazing the deal with and made the process so simple."
"A great big thank you from Brake & Auto Services to Peter from the parts team for exceptional service! Such a pleasure to do business with and always goes the extra mile to get the part to us."
"Awesome to deal with. Very happy with the service I received and the agreements made. Would recommend them to anyone."
"Just want to say a massive thanks to Steven for taking care of us when purchasing our new Vitara Turbo. We had a very hassle free pleasant experience & would highly recommend you guys to everyone!"
"Great sales service. Sales and Finance team were excellent working to and around my needs. 100% recommended for new car deals. "
"Excellent service and even better communication. Steven is a rare jewel - he lives his job and takes pride in making things work for you. Outstanding experience, 10/10."
"Ravi was uber knowledgeable and a great help showing us how the features compared to other vehicles. Highly recommend visiting if you are in the market for a new car."
"Very pleased with my Suzuki Swift. Steven is an excellent sales man. He was able to answer, sometimes multiple times, all of my questions, and my mothers! Great service and knowledge. Top marks!"
"I have never had such excellent service before! We felt welcome on the car yard which made the whole experience exciting! Nothing was too much effort for the West City. Highly recommend, thanks Manya and team!"
"Steven at West City Kia was fantastic throughout the journey of my first new car purchase. You definitely feel well-treated at West City Kia. After owning my Seltos for one month, I can say it is an awesome car."
"Best Kia dealership in New Zealand."
"Recently brought a new Swift from Steven. He was so easy to deal with and made the whole process so simple. If you're considering a new Suzuki, West City Suzuki is the place to go."
"Fantastic, great service and excellent staff morale."
"Alan was very friendly and knowledgeable. I'm absolutely delighted with my brand new Suzuki Swift RS and the expert assistance from Alan played a major part in my decision to buy. Highly recommend"
"Very helpful staff, dealt with Ravi and he was wonderful. Listened to our needs and helped us find an amazing new car."
"Really happy with the service I received. West City Suzuki fixed the issue within a day and provided a loan car too. Will definitely use them again for future issues."
"Stephen was wonderful and couldn't be more helpful Would recommend."
"Bought a new Kia off Ravi. Great service and continues the great post-purchase service."
"Based on my one visit to Parts to collect some parts that I previously ordered by phone I am impressed. Parts Specialist that served me was very knowledgeable and helpful. "
"Very comprehensive work done on my Suzuki car. Friendly staff and they let me know what parts required replacing before they did that part of the service."
"Super pleased with the service from Steven and the team. Constant updates and always super friendly and very knowledgeable. Thanks so much with your help and super pleased with my new Suzuki Swift!"
"Highly recommended West City Suzuki, very good communication and friendly service. Especially Steven he was great to deal with. Would happily buy a car there again."
"The service is brilliant! Everyone's always friendly. Thank you Steven and Alan for helping me out with my first Swift."
"Thank you to Steven for your wonderful service, great advice and easy going manner. Nothing was too much trouble. West City Kia had the best deal on the model I wanted. I drove out of my way and I'm glad I did!"
"Thank you West City Suzuki, your service department has once again exceeded expectations, took my daughters car in today for a very quick job, which was completed, car was washed & vacuumed."
"Thank you so much for great customer service. Thank you West City Kia and Karan and Queenie for looking after me."
"Stephen was incredibly helpful and informative when I purchased our new Seltos. He made the whole process easy for John and myself. We are thrilled with the Seltos. Best decision we made."
"Had been test driving a number of different hybrid vehicles all over Auckland when we popped into West City Kia. Best vehicle purchase and experience I have had."
"Thank you Steven. You knew the car that I wanted as soon as I walked in. You took the time and there was no pressure. I love my new car. Thank you so much West City Suzuki, 5 stars from me."
"I can't thank Kishor enough for his truly outstanding service. I am so happy with my new car as well as my entire family. Thank you again to your wonderful salesperson Kishor for his incredible service."
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