Buying a car is like proposing to your girlfriend. You do not wake up one morning, ask the question, and expect her to say yes – you better drop down on one knee and pull a ring out of your pocket. Similarly, you do not walk inside a car shop, choose a car and walk away with it.
Here are the steps you should take when purchasing a car:
Narrow down your search to the most efficient, most economical, and easiest to find. That is, if you are looking for a car that would suit a practical lifestyle. If you are aiming for a luxurious car, you have to consult someone who has one. Craigslist is a good place to start, but you can always go for a shortcut with auto consultants.
It helps to build trust if you can find out information about your dealer before actually meeting them. You can go over online reviews and ask in forums about other’s experience with a car dealer. As much as possible, only negotiate with a company with untainted reputation in selling cars. If possible, they must be OEM parts provider and supplier so you can have it all in one stop.
Meet your dealer and check all your options. He should be able to give you a list of financing option that will suit your budget requirements. Start with financing options by looking for the best auto loan rate. Get your numbers right and make sure you can follow the terms before turning over your purchase order.
Talks is cheap – do not just take your vendor’s words. You have to experience the car’s performance before owning it. Do not risk your safety, comfort and money in a vehicle will not measure to your riding needs. The only way you know if your car can meet your expectations is by testing it on the road.
Make every single penny count by doing your research, doing background check, negotiating your terms and really getting your car on the road.