Taking the Short Road to Your New Purchase
Sometimes, you can overcomplicate things if you take in to much information. Too much advice. Too much research. Too many websites. So, this week, we are focusing on the most critical pieces of advice associated with your new auto purchase. If you do nothing else when it comes to buying your new or used auto, make sure you do these things:
1) Review your finances and set your budget: Purchasing a new or used vehicle should be exciting and fun, but keep in mind your financial situation and target vehicles that fit your budget.
2) Try and get pre-approved or pre-qualified for financing before you go to the dealership: Even if you use financing at the dealership (which can be a great decision), if you have financing in hand from a bank or credit union before you go to the dealership you will be assured you are getting a good deal on financing.
3) Compare at least 2 different vehicles: Looking at information and photos online is a great way to help save you time, but at the end of the day you need to sit in a auto to know how it feels. Even if you have your heart set on a specific car or truck, checking out something else can help reinforce your decision.
4) Contact the internet manager at the dealership(s) to make an appointment: Internet Manager's are more inclined to be upfront on pricing and they understand that consumers that have been online have done their homework.
5) Take a friend or family member with you: Having someone you trust to provide unbiased advice is critical when spending this much money. Once you have found the vehicle you want, test drove it, negotiated the deal, and secured financing on the vehicle take a quick break and ask your friend for their advice to help ensure you are making a good decision. Getting into your new (or new to you) auto is a great feeling! Follow these critical pieces of advice to help make a smart decision!