What to Do When Buying a New Car: Part 1

Buying a new car can be exciting, nerve-wrecking, and confusing all at once. However, no matter if you are leasing a car, purchasing new or used, or want to trade in your car, the process does not have to be complex. To make your new car buying experience flow smoothly, here are some quick and easy steps to follow for when you walk onto the dealership's lot.

Do your research at home

It is never a good idea to walk onto a lot without doing some research first. Each car buyer has different needs, and you need to figure these out before you even start talking to a sales associate. A few questions to consider include:

  • ·         What is my budget?
  • ·         How big do I need my new vehicle to be?
  • ·         Do I need an automatic or manual transmission?
  • ·         What gas mileage is ideal?
  • ·         Will this vehicle drive well during all seasons?
  • ·         What are the safety ratings on various vehicles in my price range?

Once you have the answers to these questions in mind, you will have more of a narrowed focus that will help you when you head to the dealership.

Have a thorough test drive

While this may seem obvious, many car buyers simply go around the block on their test drive. Make sure you drive on expressways so you can see how the car accelerates, drive on side streets to see if the car does well on bumpy terrain, and do an overall test to see if the controls are easy to use. You will also want to park the car and then move it in order to see if it is leaking any fluids onto the pavement below.

Learn all you can

When you are buying a new car you will want to learn all you can about not only the vehicle, but about financing, extended warranties, and interest rates. Also, if you are buying used make sure to ask for a CARFAX report. The average vehicle will likely have three owners in its lifetime, so you will want to have full transparency when you purchase. All in all, you don't want to sign on the dotted line and then be surprised with the small print afterwards, so don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you can!

Stay tuned for the rest of the Airport Honda list of what to do when buying a new car!

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