Car dealerships and salespeople can be intimidating, so do your homework before you start looking for your dream vehicle. Here is a list of some things to do that can help you:
Start by deciding on a few things: deciding what kind of vehicle you want, which features are negotiable and which are non-negotiable. For example, would you rather have a two-door car or a four-door car? Does it have to have airbags, power windows and ABS?
Do some research: Find out which car is right for you by doing research online, it's best to choose 2 or 3 models, and once you've seen it for yourself and test drive, you'll be able to make a more informed decision.
How much can you really afford? Figure out what price you can really afford and stick to it. Keep in mind that in addition to the cost of purchasing a vehicle, consider the cost of license plates and registration, as well as the cost of vehicle repairs and tire replacement.
Know the details: Know the specifics of the car you're looking at, and the more information you know, the wiser the questions you can ask at the dealership. This also ensures that you won't be sold something you don't need.
Negotiation: Everything is negotiable, from the price of the car you plan to buy to the discount of your old car. Get ready to bargain!
Don't buy impulsively: Don't feel guilty about the salesperson and don't think you'll lose the deal. The sales process is a "game" and if you leave, chances are they will give you an offer that is closer to your actual needs.
Consider buying an older model: If you can't buy your dream car at the price you want, consider buying a slightly older model. This way, you can find cars with more features and cheaper.
Extended Warranty: Resellers will do their best to sell you extended warranties and service plans. Make sure you know exactly what it covers and do your homework to find out if it makes economic sense for you.
Check with your insurance company: Before you make an offer, contact your insurance company to find out your premium. You may find that it is higher than you expected, and you need to keep looking.
Vehicle Tracking: Make sure you protect your new car! Most insurance companies will lower your premiums if you install a vehicle tracking device. Click here to find a list of units provided by Cartrack.
Hope this helps you!