While driving can be a very enjoyable experience, going shopping for a new or used car is not always so much fun. Fortunately, there are ways to make the experience less frustrating. Just keep the following advice in mind the next time that you are in the market for a new vehicle.
Consider selling your car privately, rather than trading it in for the new car you want. You will almost always get more for your car through a private sale than you would through a trade in. Even if the dealership makes it sound like they are giving you a great trade in value, they will likely raise the price somewhere else to make up for the difference.
If you are not confident in your ability to resist high-pressure sales pitches, do not shop for a car alone. Have a friend or family member go with you to assist in asking the important questions and negotiating a price. Tell your companion your priorities and budget goals in advance of your trip.
Do not rule a car out because it is lacking certain features you want. For instance, if you do not like the sound system of the car, it can always be changed. It is hard to find a car that has everything exactly the way you want it; just keep an open mind and remember that you can make these changes once the car is yours!
When buying a compact or subcompact car, make sure that it has enough room for each person who will drive it. The car may be your daily driver, but it may not have enough leg room for others in your household. If there is a chance that someone else will drive the car occasionally, bring them along while shopping.
Always take any used car you are thinking of buying to a mechanic that you trust. Do not take the dealers word that the car is in good condition. They might have only owned the car for a few days or bought it from an auction. They really have very little knowledge of the vehicle you are trying to buy.
Never give your trade-in’s keys to the dealer before you’ve come to an agreement. The dealer could take your keys (and thus, your car) hostage and manipulate you into an unfair deal. Always hold on to your keys and if the dealer wants to take a look inside the car, open it up for them while you hold the keys.
Check your credit score before you head to the dealership to make a car purchase. Even if you are doing well financially at this time, you may not be able to afford the high finance charges that are associated with less than stellar credit. It would be difficult to go to a dealer, fall in love with a car and then fond out you cannot afford the finance charges.
Do not put off buying a new car for your or your family any longer. With the right advice, the process of purchasing a vehicle can be an enjoyable one. Just remember the advice you have just read, and before long, you will be out on the open road again.