You are ready to get yourself a car. Well, that’s great, but are you aware of some of the many mistakes car buyers often make? The piece that follows offers terrific guidance for anyone interesting in buying a vehicle and making sure they are happy with what they get.
Go to different dealerships before settling on one. A different dealership might be able to get you a better price on the car you want, and may be running different promotions. Try three or four in your area, and even if you have to travel a bit farther, it may be worth it.
Find out about the different warranties that are available. You do not want to spend a couple thousand dollars on a warranty that is not going to cover the repairs that commonly occur. Instead, shop outside of the dealership to find one that will cover the repairs at a better price.
Make sure that you bring your automobile into the mechanic before you purchase it. When the seller says no, move on. This could be an indication that there are hidden dangers or maintenance problems with the vehicle. Investing in a car isn’t worth it when it’s a lemon.
Before signing any contract take the time to read every line, including the fine print. If there is anything listed that you do not understand, do not sign until you get an answer that you understand. Unsavory salesmen can use a contract to insert many fees that were not discussed.
Make a wish list of cars that you are interested in. You have seen many cars in advertisements and on the road. It should be easy for you to build a solid list of vehicles that would suit your style. You can add a couple of dream cars that seem out of your range; however, be realistic about what you can afford.
When you are considering buying a used car, always have your mechanic check it out first. You are not a qualified mechanic trained to spot problems or repairs, so you need to take it to a professional. Be prepared to pay $100 or so for this service, but it may end up saving you thousands.
Do not talk about trade-ins, down payments or incentives until after you have a firm price on the car you want. You want these extras to reduce the price. Also, you will typically end up with a better overall price if you negotiate the deal from the onset.
If the price of a car is non-negotiable, see if you can negotiate on other terms. Some dealerships will agree to provide several months’ worth of free gasoline or a year of free oil changes, for instance. It never hurts to ask if a salesman can sweeten the deal.
Shopping for a car can be a difficult and stressful experience. Be sure that you use what was presented here so you can get a vehicle that you can always enjoy. Best of luck to you, and happy hunting!