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How To Buy A Car The Easy Way

Nov 21

 

If you want to drive, then you are going to have to go car shopping at some point. A lot of people don't really know what they're getting themselves into when going car shopping. Take the mystery out of looking for a new or used car by following the handy article below.

Do not make the mistake of focusing on only the monthly payment amount when you are car shopping. This can cause you to buy a more expensive car than you can really afford. You need to focus on the total cost of the vehicle itself and whether that is a good deal.

Take time to research your dealer before making an offer on a vehicle. You will have a negotiating advantage if you understand their trade and financing practices. Also, learn from others, by reading any rip off or scam alerts about that dealership.

Do not wait until you go car shopping to think about how you are going to finance your car. You need to arrive at the dealership with your car loan pre-qualified at a decent interest rate. You are almost always going to be able to get a better deal than the dealership would provide for you.

Bring someone along on your car shopping day. This person has the ability to act as the perfect sounding board, and they can help you leave a deal that is not great for you. The person could be your spouse, a good friend or even a parent.

If you worry about resisting strong-arm sales tactics, take a friend along on your shopping trip. Try bringing a relative or friend to ask important questions and negotiate offers. Let the adviser know what you need in order to budget prior to going to a lot.

Make a wish list of cars that you are interested in. You have seen many cars in advertisements and on the road. It should be easy for you to build a solid list of vehicles that would suit your style. You can add a couple of dream cars that seem out of your range; however, be realistic about what you can afford.

Although you have a mental picture of the car you desire, it might be unattainable. Maybe the cars in your range don't offer the features you want, or the cars available on the lots in your area just don't cover your desires. Not getting a heated seat shouldn't break the deal you're trying to get, if you don't need it.

Get a vehicle history report for any car you are seriously considering. All you need is the vehicle identification number (VIN). This report can tell you about the car's accident and repair history, as well as whether the car has been in a flood or other disaster. Some sites allow you to pay for a one-month subscription, which is handy if you will be pulling reports on multiple vehicles.

While you may want to buy a car today, buying off the lot may mean that they don't have a car with the features you desire. You can always ask them to call affiliated dealerships to see if they have the car on the lot, but don't sound desperate or they'll raise the price.

It is illegal for a dealer ship to roll back the odometer on any car they sell. Even if they put a new motor in the car, it is still illegal. If you suspect that a dealer is not stating the correct mileage on a car, leave and shop elsewhere.

Have you read what you're signing? Read the contract before you sign it. Once a contract is signed, you will be legally bound to this document. If you do not want to read it when you're in the dealership, ask them if you can bring it home to read it. If you are told you cannot, ask for a copy to review.

You should now have a lot of your questions answered about shopping for a new or used car. Just take all of the advice that the article above gave to you and use it well. Shopping for a car doesn't have to be that stressful if you just know what to do first.