Ask Away...: Top Tips Before Buying A Car

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Top Tips Before Buying A Car




You know when you decide to treat yourself to a new dress, so you browse through all the online stores to find the perfect robe for you, bookmarking pages and opening multiple tabs as you go? And then you do all that only to decide that you didn't want to spend money on a dress when you need a decent pair of shoes a lot more. So then you result in being annoyed with yourself because you've ended up wasting so many hours with no outcome. Well, that's all thanks to the internet being so available to find what we need, and that includes cars. - There are so many different options you have when looking for a new car that you may feel a little overwhelmed at times. This is totally normal, and that's why you need to make sure that you know as much as you possibly can before you dive into a purchase that seems too good to be true, only to find out that it is.


So here are all the things that you need to know in terms of researching to find your perfect vehicle.



Knowledge

So, in the past when someone needed to buy a car, they would head straight down to the dealership and see what was on offer, and while a lot of people may try and encourage you to still do this - don't. You should only go to a dealership for a test drive. But before you're ready for that, do all the research that you can online. This is because salespeople are trained to sell, and this means that they will do all that they possibly can in order to make that happen and meet their monthly targets for that oh so special bonus. They don't care about your needs, they care about their own, and because of that you can't always trust them to give you an unbiased answer - but that's something that you need in order to make the right kind of decision for you.


There are many ways to find out about vehicles for sale, whether your mission is finding a used car, or a brand new one. The amount of information out there is mindblowing. You can literally find out anything you want about a vehicle, including its best features, its worst features, its various prices depending on where you shop, and also price comparisons. So take as much in as you can, and if that means making notes or even a spreadsheet - so be it. That way, if and when you are ready to visit a dealership, you know that you are confident in asking for exactly what you want.


You should also make sure to check the quality ratings. While you always want to choose something with a high rating, sometimes paying that bit extra on a car just because one person said it was worth it, doesn't mean that it is necessarily the correct thing to do. Sometimes, there are some really good deals on cars that are a little cheaper just because they're slightly older - this doesn't mean they're not worth it, they may run just as smoothly as something of a newer model, so don't write off vehicles just because they have an average rating. Bear in mind that most vehicles have a life of around six years before they are re-engineered and upgraded with the next best thing. This information is very good to know when it's happening because it will drastically change the prices if a new model is expected to come up, meaning the costs you are looking at now may go down subsequently in due course.



Negotiation

Be direct and upfront with your salesperson about what it is exactly that you want, along with how much you are willing to spend. For example, if you have already test driven the car you had your eyes on, everything went perfectly, and you're now ready to talk numbers, then it's time to start the game. Before you sit down and get into it, make sure you shop around at other dealerships to compare prices so that you have some possible leverage that you can use later on. If you know what you want, as well as it's worth, then you don't need to be forced to waste time going around in circles while the salespersons attempts to sell you a car with various packages that you don't need.


If you're trading in your old car, then mention this first so that you can see what the best offer you can get is. It can be very convenient trading in your old car when buying a new one, but it's also important that you understand that that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be gaining a huge return in terms of price. - It doesn't always work to your advantage. So if you want to know your options, bring it up first rather than last minute once a deal has already been made, as this will just complicate things. The knowledge of you having a car to trade in will be enough of a benefit for the salesperson to give you the best offer possible so that they can secure your business. But if you want to get the maximum value out of your old car - you are better off just selling it yourself.



Deal

Now it's all just about making that final deal that you're happy enough to shake hands and sign the paper. You will most likely have to take out a loan in order to pay for your car, but one important thing to consider is that the dealerships can often get you the appropriate financing you need just as good as any bank, if not better, so it's worth looking into while you're there. Just make sure you read all of the small print like the terms and conditions to know exactly how it works, as well as the interest rates. If you aren't sure, you can always take some time to compare these with other companies to see what works better in your favour.
 








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