Did I tell you that Leisa and I have been looking for a new car? Man, the process is indeed stressful. When you go to a car lot, there are literally hundreds of cars that you can buy. The choices are endless, and this is where the initial fatigue comes in.
The purchase of a new vehicle can indeed be a stressful one; it’s quite difficult not to have a headache or two throughout the process. The process does not need to be so stressful because there are a few things you can do to limit the stress.
When applied correctly, these bare essentials can not only take the stress out of car buying; they can make it rather easy.
Get To Know The Market
Knowing the state of the market for the car you want is imperative. As with most people, you will probably know exactly what car you want and head towards it with tunnel vision; this is a huge mistake. That is exactly what happened to us. We always wanted some type of jeep. That doesn’t mean we should only look at jeeps.
Going into the purchase of a new car with only one car in mind can be disastrous for you and sometimes your bank balance too. It is essential to get to know the car-buying market and finding something that you not only love but something that will last. After all, unless you have the cash up front, you’ll be paying for that car for several years.
One thing you should always remember is that not all cars are made equally. Some vehicles are built and engineered to the highest possible standard, while others are a collection of leftover parts from those fantastic cars.
By doing a little market research, you may get an incredible deal when it comes to a car you hadn’t initially even considered. So be prepared to look around for a good amount of time. Go to different car lots, both new and used. Give yourself time, so you don’t regret what you get for your hard-earned cash.
Is It Affordable? This is important in making the car buying process stress free
Possibly the most crucial question that should be asked is in regards to the affordability of the vehicle.
There are companies out there like Trade Price Cars, that make car buying an affordable process, but vehicle payments aren’t the only consideration you have to make.
It is also important to consider the economy class of the vehicle; the important thing to remember here is that research is key. You should never trust the dealer’s figures when it comes to the efficiency of the car. Dealers are dealers for a reason. And they will always tell you what they want you to hear.
By running a simple online search, you will easily be able to access true figures that are given by the vast number of car enthusiasts available online. Another thing that should be looked at is obviously tax and insurance. Insurance companies and their quotes can be found on price comparison sites like Compare The Market and Money Supermarket.
Test Drive and Repeat
Something that hardly anybody does is takes a car on a proper test drive. As a car buyer, you should always test drive the car more than once. If the seller seems cagey about that, then it’s not the right car for you.
Don’t act desperate either. The dealer wants your money just as much as you want the car.
Car dealers, believe it or not, can be sneaky little devils and they have more tricks up their sleeve than Penn and Teller. It is a simple task for a car dealer to make a car seem like an absolute treat for a 10-minute test drive.
Taking a second and sometimes third test drive to reveal any concerns there may be with the car is an amazing idea. You will always be able to see the intention of the dealer based on their reaction to your second test drive request.
Think about the features you want to have in your new car
Some features are more important than others but there are reasons for them all. If you want a car which has some sort of navigation device installed, put this as a priority on your list. Some will take time to get used to so that you develop your confidence in driving as I did.
Other people like cars with cruise control, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, dual airbags, TV screens, charging ports, tracking devices, and tinted windows. Whatever are the features you want to have in your dream car, make sure the seller knows this and doesn’t con you out of it, nor sweet talk you into getting what you don’t really want.
The last thing you’ll want to do is go with a car that doesn’t have everything you want, only to be disappointed in it later on. That’s why it’s so important to do your research, especially when you’re looking at used vehicles. In doing so, you might introduce yourself to a make or model that you’ve never even heard of, only to find out it’s your “dream car”. For example, you might start looking at Vauxhall used approved cars when they were never on your radar before. Don’t be afraid to be picky!
When you finally purchase your dream car, you should be proud that it is the one you wanted and the bast that you could get for your money. Do your research, be prepared, and you’ll find that the process is less stressful.