Buying a new car, whether it’s brand spanking new, or new to you (used), comes with a heavy price tag and big responsibilities. The last thing you want to do is buy a car you can’t afford or one that just isn’t for you. I’ve partnered with Car City West Dealership to bring you the six best tips that every car shopper should be aware of.
1. Clean up your old car before selling or trading it
Get some good car-care products to help clean up the exterior, interior and engine compartment of the vehicle you’re selling or trading in. Doing so may add several hundred dollars of value to the car when you sell it. Not to mention it gives a good impression to the dealer and/or the new owner. My dad has always told me that the way your car looks on the inside is a direct reflection of who you are.
2. Have a realistic budget in mind
In other words just because you make $30,000 a year doesn’t mean you can afford a $25,000 vehicle. Car City West has some amazing deals on previously owned cars – and these babies look amazing! Take one of them out for a test drive.
3. Have your financing done already
Go to your bank and see how much car you can truly afford. They may have a loan available to you or talk to your dealer upfront.
4. Don’t fixate on a monthly payment
This is a rookie mistake, I’ve been there. I told my salesman that I could afford so much, and my first car ended up costing me way more than what it was worth. Have some wiggle room, you may end up paying less than you thought.
5. Take a test drive
I know it feels like I mention this in almost every car-related article I write, but I cannot stress this enough. Seeing for yourself how the car feels while driving it is imperative to your decision making. Ask about any noises you hear any strange maneuverings, etc.
6. Don’t drive off the lot just yet!
Okay folks, this is a biggie – for everyone. If it’s late at night and the banks are closed, chances are you’ve been conditioned the car. Go early in the day to make sure that all blanks on the contract can be filled in and once they are, then you drive off!
Following these simple tips can help you buy a car in no time and in a smart way too.