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Car Shopping: The Quick How To Guide

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Car Shopping: The Quick How To Guide

Jasmine Monroe
April 12, 2013


When you buy a car, you need to invest time in learning about how to make the process easier on you. You have to gain the knowledge necessary in tipping the scales in your favor. Luckily for you, you've found this article and will be armed with exactly the knowledge you need once you're done reading it.

Before going car shopping, clean all personal items out of your car. Doing this one thing will save you considerable time at the dealership. This will also ensure that you do not leave behind important documents such as insurance papers. Nothing is worse than getting home and realizing the you left something in the car you just traded in.

Be firm in what extras you want. Almost every salesperson is going to at least attempt to "upsell" you in an effort to get a bigger sale. Don't let them pressure you into the next model up or features you don't need. If they claim not to have the model you are looking for in stock, only the "better" one, ask if they can locate one at another dealer.

Never take a car at face value. Though you may not be a mechanic, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection of the vehicle. An important part of the inspection is a test drive. This allows you to feel the car on the road, listen for any wayward noises and possible spot issues with performance.

If you are car shopping and want to test drive some different cars, make sure you bring your license and insurance card with you. Many dealers will want a photo copy of them before you drive. This is just to protect them in case someone steals or damages a car. If you do not have them with you, they might not let you test drive.

Know your credit score before you enter the showroom. Your credit score will help to determine your financing rate, and knowing it helps you to understand how much you will have to pay for your car. The best financing rates are often reserved for those with the best credit score. Knowing yours can help you to be realistic about your chances of getting the very best deals.

Here is an idea, do all your car shopping even Did you know you can actually find and purchase a car online? Most dealerships have websites where you can shop from the comfort of your computer. You do not have to deal with pushy salesmen, the weather, or even putting on decent clothes.

When buying a compact or subcompact car, make sure that it has enough room for each person who will drive it. The car may be your daily driver, but it may not have enough leg room for others in your household. If there is a chance that someone else will drive the car occasionally, bring them along while shopping.

Never settle for the price that's set for the car when you're shopping for one. You must be a great negotiator and try to knock a little off the price. Every car dealership knows that they're going to have to negotiate anyway, so they make the car seem like it costs more than they'd settle for.

Although some sites suggested not test driving a vehicle because of the emotional attachment that can happen, it is never a good idea to purchase something without trying it out. Take at least a fifteen minute long test drive to really get a feel for how the car handles and how comfortable the car truly is.

Do not base your car buying decision solely on price. While price is certainly important, so is the reputation of the dealership. You want to find a place that is known for great customer service and standing behind the cars they sell in case you have any problems down the road.

Now that you know the above tips and tricks, you also know how to buy a car successfully. You'll get the lowest price, find the best car and even make the salesperson end up with the least commission, all because of your knowledge. Buying a car has never been this easy!


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