And what a beautiful color.
You’re going to buy a car. Maybe you’re buying your first car, or maybe you’re buying a car on your own for the first time. Or maybe you just want to practise buying a car before you jump back into the shark tank.
There are a number of tricks and timing tips you can use to get the most out of buying a car, no matter where you stand. Let’s jump right in so you can feel good about going to get your new car.
It’s all about the timing. When it comes to buying cars, this phrase is right on the mark. A great time to buy a car is at the end of the year. Most dealerships offer deals to boost sales at the end of the year. This time of year is also very busy. People will take advantage of the sales and deals, which will leave you with less to choose from on the lot. If you really want a certain car, don’t wait too long. You don’t want someone else to get it!
You can find good deals at another “end” of the year. Some car lines have reached the end of their model years. Dealerships won’t always tell you about this, so you’ll have to be on the lookout. If you see 2016 and 2017 models at the dealership, it’s likely that they want to get rid of the older models. That means you can get a better deal on the model from the year before!
It’s good to shop at the end of the month, just like it’s good to shop at the end of the year. If they’ve had a slow month, they’ll be happy to help you out. The more power you have at the table, the less time a salesperson has to hold out for a sale.
If you can make it work, shopping during the week pretty much guarantees that you’ll spend less time waiting and more time with a helpful employee. And just like it might be better to wait until the end of the month to make an offer, it might be better to wait until later in the day. If the salesperson hasn’t made a single sale all day, you might be able to get a better deal out of them.
It’s a good idea to spend some time online looking at cars and dealerships. Reviews of cars, both from experts and from regular people, can be very helpful. When you know what kind of car you want, you can start looking at dealerships. When you shop around, you gain power, and power means better deals. Different dealerships can give you different options that give you the most value. Free oil changes, free car washes, and even free coffee while you look at cars can make a deal even sweeter.
Even though a low price is good, it’s not the only thing you should think about when buying a car. As we’ve already talked about, dealerships can make things better for you in many ways. Even if the price is a bit high, the convenience of free oil changes or the savings you could make in the long run could make up for it. Make sure to write down any extra fees and the car’s trade-in value. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Don’t get stuck on a low price if it means giving up other things.
These next pieces of advice may seem like common sense, but it would be a shame if you forgot about them in all the excitement of buying a car. You’d never get over it! Our only goal is for you to be happy. So. How about things? Make sure you know everything the car you want to buy has to offer. Make sure you know everything your new car can do if you want to get the most out of it. Knowing everything there is to know about the car’s technology helps with two things:
First, you don’t get surprised when your car can’t do what you thought it could. Imagine the first winter you spent in your new car. When the temperature drops, you climb into your cold captain’s seat and look for the button that will warm your whole body almost instantly. You keep looking for it. It’s been about five minutes. You can’t find the button to make the seat warmer. It turns out that your car’s seats don’t heat up.
What a terrible mistake!
You would have worn your plaid underwear if you had known that. Instead, you show up to dinner with your cheeks cold.
Two, it makes sure you’re not paying too much for technology you don’t need. If you have a portable GPS, you might not need the model with navigation. If you only listen to the sounds of the open road, you might not need the upgraded speaker system. Knowing these things will help you choose the right package for your wants and needs (without overpaying).
If we’re talking about overpaying, it’s a good idea to check the insurance rates for the car you might buy. This is a good idea, especially if you’ll be sharing the car with a younger driver. Your current car insurance can go up a lot if your car is a different colour or has a more powerful engine. Before you buy that new car, give your provider a quick call.
You got the timing right, the insurance rates are reasonable, and now you’re at the dealership with a salesperson and the lot all to yourself. Don’t cut corners on the test drive! You are going to drive this car tens of thousands of miles. Take advantage of the test drive. The best way to do that is to drive in situations as close as possible to what you do every day. Transporting kids? Take them to the dealer and let them try out the seats while you drive. Who’s going to drive? Make sure the passenger seat is comfortable for you. Have strange sizes in your garage? Ask the salesperson if you can take it home and try it out in your garage, driveway, or parking space. You might have to drive on a tricky stretch of road every day. Again, ask the salesperson if you can test drive the car for a long time. Most of the time, if you’re dealing with a good salesperson, they’ll understand and let you try that steep hill or sharp curve.
Almost always, once a sale is made, it’s over. Don’t forget that. You shouldn’t feel like you can’t take as much time as you want with this. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to test your future car in a normal-day simulation (after the OK from the salesperson). Ask about the car’s technology. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into and what you can take out of the vehicle. Do your research, shop at the right time, and then enjoy how the car feels and how much it cost you.