When you’re looking for a brand new car, you can’t just go on over to a dealer, test drive one, and decide that you’re going to buy it on the spot. You need to make sure you ask yourself a few very important questions first. Read on to find out what they are!
What Kind Of Car Do You Really Need?
Ok, so first of all, you need to ignore what you want and look at what you need. Looking at what you need is the best way to find a car that is right for you. What do you use your car for? How many people are usually in your car? How do you drive? Do you want good gas mileage? These questions will help you to figure out what kind of car you truly need.
People often choose a car just for the look, and this is a huge mistake. You’ll probably exceed your budget if you do this and end up with a car that’s no good for you anyway. Make sure you allow your needs to be more important than your wants. BMWs look great, sure, but will one really suit your lifestyle? In reality, you might be better off with a Peugeot 3008 that performs well but isn’t as sporty or expensive. Here are a couple of questions you can ask when figuring out what car you really need:
- Will this car fit in my garage or parking spot?
- Will I be doing any towing?
- What safety features are important to me?
- Do I want manual or automatic transmission?
Will The Dealer Offer In House Financing?
Many new car franchise dealers offer manufacturer backed financing. Ask if the dealer you visit offers this and get as much detail as you can before deciding what’s right for you.
Are There Any Demos For Sale?
If you want to buy a used vehicle that’s almost new, you may be able to find vehicles that have been used for test drives for sale. These cars will usually only have a few hundred KM on them, and you get to save some money (especially on the immediate depreciation costs of a car). The best thing about this is that a good dealer will usually also give you a new warranty on your car, too!
If Paying With Cash, Will The Dealer Offer A Discount?
Dealers make money plenty of different ways, but they won’t often turn their nose up to discounting a car if a cash purchase is made. Ask what the price would be if that were to be the case and you skipped the traditional financing option.
Will The Dealer Accept Your Car As A Trade In?
If you already have a car or truck and you’re looking for a new one, then you might be able to save some money by trading it in. This will put money towards your new car, as well as save you the hassle of selling the vehicle you already have. Bear in mind that you’ll get more money for your trade in if the dealer already stocks similar cars.