Which Hyundai Dealer is Best for Me?
March 13, 2006
The question of when to buy a car is simple – when you need one. There is no better determinant then your own personal needs. By then you have probably researched everything from interest rates to insurance costs and know all the current pricing information. You may also have had time to save some money for a considerable down payment. Deciding to purchase a car is ultimately up to you, but always be sure to do your homework. There is nothing worse then being stuck with an unwanted car because of an impulse purchase.
On the other hand, the question of where to buy is a little more complex. Once you’ve decided to purchase a car, the next decision of where to shop can be just as hard as choosing the model and color of the car. In fact, it is even suggested that you consider the car dealership just as thoroughly as you would the car you want to buy. Buying a car is already extremely stressful so don’t make the experience worse by choosing a bad dealer. Use the following criteria when selecting a dealer and you’ll be on your way to a smooth ride.
The dealership’s reputation is one of the most important things to consider because in more cases than not, the reputation reflects the dealerships true character. For instance, if a dealership has a reputation for being dishonest or shady, they probably are dishonest or shady. I found this to be true when I purchased a car a few months ago. I heard that a local Hyundai Dealer was not only honest and but very accommodating to customers so I decided to check it out. I quickly learned that they lived up to their reputation.
There are several ways to learn about a dealerships reputation. Start by asking for the opinions of your friends and family who have had experiences with the dealership in question, both positive and negative opinions will help you determine reputation. Knowing how you will be treated is very helpful. You may also want to learn about the dealership’s reliability with the local Better Business Bureau.
When selecting a dealer, you should always consider choosing one that is located near your home. Proximity is especially important for maintenance issues. Usually vehicles are serviced at the same dealer where they were purchased, especially when they are under warranty. For maintenance and repair issues it is ideal to have the dealer’s service department close by. This will give you more flexibility in your schedule and it will help you get your car quickly through the system. Location may not be a necessity, but it is definitely an advantage in the long run.
The “sticker price” is very rarely the actual price of the vehicle. Dealerships offer additional accessories called “Add-on’s.” These include interior and exterior accessories that are used to increase the car’s value and include window tints, CD & DVD players, etc. The accessories are usually added on at the dealers request because it forces customers to purchase them regardless. If these extra additions are things you were not looking to buy, you best make sure that you can purchase the car without the extra costly accessories.
Car buying is already a nerve-wracking experience because of the large investment. A poor dealer will only make things more stressful than they need to be. The best thing you can do for yourself is to do your homework. A little research and awareness can go a long way. For you, it may be the difference between a smooth car-buying experience and a bumpy one.
About the Author: Amber Sell is a Web Content Specialist for 10x Marketing, an Internet Marketing company. For more information about Hyundai Dealers, please feel free to contact SAM’S CLUB Auto today.
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