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Some Helpful Tips And Advice For Auto Shoppers

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Some Helpful Tips And Advice For Auto Shoppers

Mary Bruns
August 7, 2013


Buying a car is not something that you should take lightly. Car shopping can be about picking out a car that you like, of course, but keep in mind that the car you choose has to protect your family in the case of an accident, and has to be able to get you where you need to go. Here are some wise suggestions to consider when car shopping.

Have a clear understanding of what those upgrades will cost you. Purchasing the fancy stereo, leather seats and DVD player might be appealing, but those options can add a significant amount to the price of your car. Take some time to think about how much you really need the upgrades, and only purchase the ones you will use the most.

Rather than buying a brand-new car, purchase a lightly used one that is only a couple of years old. Many cars come with transferable warranties that last for three years or 36,000 miles. You will save a significant amount over buying new, and the warranty will give you peace of mind for the first year or so.

When buying a used car, a great way to tell if the car has been in an accident is to look into the door frames. Usually when a car is repainted, you will notice over spray in this area. This is not proof that a car was in an accident, but it will let you know it was repainted.

When buying a used car, be very careful about how clean the car is. Many car salespeople have professional cleaners who can make a piece of junk look brand new. Always get the car checked by a mechanic. Even if it looks fantastic, a mechanic will be able to spot any major issues.

Research the value of your trade-in. Not only do you need to research the best price for the new car you would like to purchase, but you also need to know how much your trade-in is worth. Do your homework and find out the retail and wholesale values of your trade-in. Aim to get the retail value from the dealer.

Watch out for the car salesman who offers you a price on a car before he visits his sales manager. The salesman will tell you anything you want to hear, but only the manager can approve the deal. Ask to speak to the manager face to face and see the deal on paper before committing to purchase the car.

Research is the key to being a happy car owner. With a budget in mind and a list of cars you want, you can begin to delve into which vehicle is right for you. You should be aware of any negative reports on the vehicles you have in mind. Know its safety ratings and value to help you negotiate a good price.

Once you have found the perfect car, ask for a vehicle history report. A vehicle history report will list any instances that the vehicle has been involved in. If your dealer does not offer this service, you can purchase one yourself online for a nominal fee. This report will help you avoid purchasing a car that has been in a wreck.

Ask to bring in your own mechanic. It should be one that you trust. Never use the mechanic the dealer suggests. Having a mechanic there isn't to drive the price down or to intimidate the dealer. It's only to ensure that the car is worth buying.

Don't fold to pressure. The salesman doesn't want you to walk out of his dealership, so he will tell you whatever it takes to get you to sign a contract at that moment. Ignore him. Do what is best for you, and if you need to have some time to think about it, take the time you need.

Your car is a big part of your life. You need a vehicle that can help you to get around, keep you safe, look good, and save you money. The choice you make will be with you for a long time, so it is important that you do what you can to make sure your choice is a good one. Use the tips here and you will be sure to make the best choice for you.


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