Purchasing a new car, (whether it’s brand new, or used) is a big step. There are a lot of aspects that go into the car buying process that consumers should be aware of before signing on the dotted line. When thinking of pricey purchases, getting a car is right behind purchasing a home. Snap decisions at the dealership can leave you with buyers’ remorse for years, so your family at Safe Auto wants to ensure you pick out the car that’s right for you.
Here is our tips on buying a new car to help you find the right fit for you:
- Decide Your Budget.
Before you go into a dealership, make sure you have an idea of how much money you can spend on a car. A good rule of thumb is that your car shouldn’t exceed 25 percent of your income. After knowing how much you can spend on a vehicle, this begins to help narrow down your search.
- Do Your Research.
After you have narrowed down your list of vehicles, your next step is to conduct the research on the make and models of cars you are looking at. Deciding on specific features you want and need in your vehicle is very important before walking into a dealership.
- Take a Test Drive.
Like any big purchase, before buying – try it on for size! Once your list is narrowed down to a few different cars, ask the dealer if you can test drive the cars to see how they work for you. Reviewing information online and from other consumers is part of the buying journey, but to obtain the full effect of what the car will really do for you, you should drive it yourself.
Once you’ve landed on the car you want to purchase, make sure that you’ve reviewed your budget and the total purchase cost to ensure it fits within your means. Before signing on the dotted line, the dealer will have a list of fees associated with the sale and you don’t want to overpay for things that aren’t truly attributed to the car. Ensure that every fee is accurate to the car you want to buy.
Buying a new car is a big purchase to add to your life. Using these buying tips will help you land on the car you want, at a price that’s right for you. As always, if you are in the market for a new auto insurance quote, give us a call today!