Buying a car can be a great or overwhelming experience depending on how well prepared you are. There are so many options and things to consider when purchasing a car. The first tip I’d advise you keep in mind when buying a car is knowing exactly what you want. Are you in the market for a SUV or a Sedan? Take time to research online the benefits of both. Know what your family’s specific needs are and make sure they are met with the car you choose.
Once you have narrowed that down, then what sorts of things are your must haves? Does it have to be child safe? Does it need to have great air conditioning? Does it need to get good gas mileage? Before you head out to see any dealer, take some time online to make sure you know exactly what you want in extras. Keep in mind, the more extras, the more money you will have to spend, so make sure you are okay with that or simply narrow your list to the top 3 must haves. The second tip I’d advise you keep in mind when buying a car is knowing exactly what your budget is.
Can you afford a new car either outright or with monthly payments, or do you need to be looking at used cars? It will save a lot of time and potential headache if you identify your budget at the get go and stick to it and not look at things that won’t work. Stay focused. Keep in mind that there are better times than others to purchase cars. The end of the month for example is a great time to go look because sales teams are trying to reach goals and will often make some good deals in order to meet their sales quota. Also do research for incentives that dealerships are providing such as cash back or zero/low interest rates on financing. Also keep in mind that nicer models tend to need nicer gas so depending on the model you may have to be purchasing premium gas which also comes with a slightly higher price tag.
Other things to keep in mind regarding budget is routine maintenance such as oil changes, cost of insurance, the cost of any repair work based on the brand of the car, and gas/gas mileage the car gets. The cost of a car is much more comprehensive than simply the physical car itself. The third and final tip I’d advise you keep in mind when buying a car is to be ready to walk away. Don’t buy the first thing you see, or feel pressured to buy something that isn’t exactly what you are looking for. There are hundreds of car dealerships not including anything online. You are the customer and you need to be 100% happy and invested before purchasing a car. You have all the leverage so don’t ever let a salesperson make you feel otherwise. Nichols Dodge is a great option of a place to start your search worry free.