10 Tips On How To Buy A Car
Whether it's our first car or our last, buying a car is a huge ordeal, so here are 10 tips on how to buy a car.
- Decide what you're looking for first. Before you even get to the dealership, decide what you want. Maybe you only know that you want a two door car or maybe you know exactly what make, model and color you want your new car. Both are okay, but have something in mind before you get there or else you could get distracted by the sexy sports cars (unless you are, in fact, shopping for a sports car.) This will also help cut down on the time you spend at the dealership.
- Research. This is extremely important. Research could help you narrow your options or bring out faults in the car you originally wanted or reaffirm your desire for a particular car. Don't just read what the company has to say about the car, but read reviews as well. The company might not tell you that the car has a problem with the window motors breaking...repeatedly. We speak from experience. Research continues throughout the process when you buy a car.
- Test drive. The reason you buy a car is to drive it. So unless you're a filthy rich car collector who can afford to have a car shipped around the world whenever you like, this is a very important step. Drive fast, slow, make a tight turn, stop quickly, do any kind of maneuver you can to make sure you're comfortable with the car's driving capabilities.
- Consider the long-term. If you plan to keep this car for a long time, then you will have to think about the future. Will it break down easily? Does it go through tires quickly? If you buy a car used, will it last much longer? Will it hold it's value for long, or depreciate quickly? These are all things to consider when you buy a car.
- Consider extraneous costs. There's more to purchasing a car than it's price. Some cars may need a higher octane fuel. Some may have expensive, hard to replace parts. Some may have lots of accessory packages that you want.
- Know how to say no. Car salesmen, especially used car salesmen, have a bad reputation. No matter how persuasive they can be, just remember how to say no and walk away. The car will, most likely, be there tomorrow.
- Think about practicality. It's important to think practically. If you have a large family, or plan on having a large family, a two seater car isn't going to work well. If you travel long distances regularly, it would be practical to have something comfortable and gas efficient. Keep practicality in mind.
- Think about reality. Reality is a whole other thing when you buy a car. That sports car may be tempting, but can you really afford it? Or will you have to make huge sacrifices to afford it? This is where it's also very important to talk to your significant other, if you have one, about such a big purchase.
- Try for less. Depending on the dealership, you might be able to haggle for a lower price. It seems that used car dealerships nowadays are more willing to haggle than new car dealerships.
- Commit. Make sure you want that car 100% before you make your purchase. Don't settle if your perfect car might still be out there. You might regret it down the road.
Posted on: Apr. 18, 2010