Are you interested in buying a car? Do you know how people mess up the purchasing process? The article that follows shares information you need when you are ready to purchase a new car.
You should not buy a used car without having a good third-party mechanic look at it first. You should go somewhere else if the dealer refuses to let that happen. A professional mechanic is going to be able to give you objective feedback about the state of the car, including signs of previous wrecks or exposure to flood waters.
Don’t pay the sticker price on a car. That usually isn’t what the salesmen will expect of you anyway. If you do not feel comfortable with your negotiating techniques, bring a friend with you who is. Know in advance what an actual market value is for the car that you want, so that you know if you are getting close to a fair price.
If you feel like you can be talked into things easily, make sure someone goes to the dealerships with you. Take someone you trust to help facilitate negotiations and ask key questions. Before going, let them know what you expect to pay and what you are looking for.
If you already have a pretty expensive car, do not drive that to the car dealership to make a purchase. Once salespeople see your expensive vehicle, they will not accept any of your offers and try raising prices because they will assume you can afford to spend more on a vehicle.
While you think you are sure of what you want, it can be hard to locate it. The cars you can afford may not have all the features you would like, or you may just not be able to find the perfect car. Having seats that are not heated will not ruin driving for you.
Review a car you want very well. Look for external scratches and dents on the car. As far as the inside, look for stains and/or rips in the fabric. Keep in mind that a car is all yours after you have made a purchase. Any dents or stains found later will be your responsibility.
If you have a certain model in mind, call to see if there is one on the dealer’s lot. Once you walk through a dealership’s doors, they will try to sell you anything and everything, even if it isn’t what you are really interested in. You’re wasting your resources and time going if your dream car won’t be there. You should call ahead.
Avoid As-is warranties when purchasing used cars. Signing this warranty is always a bad idea. Never agree to purchase a used vehicle unless you are assured at least a 30 day warranty. If something malfunctions after you drive the car off into the sunset, you’re responsible.
Remember that a salesman wants nothing more than to earn commission and meet a quota. Some people forget this as they shop. Beware the extras and add-ons that can get tacked on at the end of a sale. The most simple car can quickly rack up thousands more in extras.
Go online and check prices of cars locally and in cities nearby. Some cities will offer better prices and a nearby location may not be the most suitable dealership. Pricing trends online can give you a great idea as to find the best location to buy your car.
As stated before, there are numerous risks involved in car shopping. Use this information to buy a car you’ll enjoy. Good luck as you search for your next car or truck!