Whether you’re buying a car for the first time or you have bought several cars before, the process can be intimidating. Bear in mind that you need to do research about all aspects of car buying before you speak with your local dealer. It’s best if you have a pretty cool idea of the make and model you’re looking for and gain an understanding of what’s involved in auto financing. Observe the following general rules for ensuring a successful car buying experience.
The retail price of a car can be lowered if you haggle with the dealer – this is a traditional approach to used car sales. You can come forearmed by knowing the market price of your trade-in and the car you want to buy: have a look at Edmunds True Market Value for this information. Just choose the car’s make, model and year, and following the prompts. The true value returned by the system takes into account any current incentive plans.
Once you make the decision to buy the car, be on the lookout for this common dealer scam. The salesperson can begin to mention various other fees that come with buying their car. This can be hundreds, thousands or even a number of dollars. Make sure to educate yourself on potential scams so that you could avoid falling for them.
For your family’s safety’s sake, never purchase a car that has been damaged on its frame. A vehicle’s frame should not be welded, it needs to be bolted to ensure its stability. Another tip-off to frame damage is scratches on or around the bolt heads at the top of the fenders, which you could see when the hood is up. If there are scratches in this area, it’s highly likely that the fenders have been replaced or realigned during work to the car’s body.
You should checkout the internet price quotes for at least three different dealers in your area. When you receive the lowest price, contact the other dealers and make a deal to buy from them if they can beat the price. It is sure to convince the dealer to provide you with a much better price. However, you will find that many consumer will not handle this type of hassle, and you will have to reconcile with yourself about whether or not these steps are worth the better price.
Your visits to the dealership can be supplemented when you read car reviews in magazines and online. If you are in the area we highly recommend Auto Nation who have some of the best used cars in Buford, GA. Here you will be in a position to find out which cars have better safety stats and which are more economical to drive. Read as many reviews as you could find on the vehicles you’ve narrowed down to. Some better places to start are Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Edmund’s and arguably the very best because of fair reviews, Consumer Reports.