Are you thinking of getting a new (or new for you!) ride? Car searching is exciting! There are so many great options available, and it is fun to imagine life in your new vehicle! However, it can be frustrating at times, too. It’s a big decision for most of us, and there’s pressure to make “the right choice”, but it requires time and effort to research before you actually bite the bullet. Hopefully, this blog will help you learn more about the preliminary stages of how to purchase a vehicle. This information is merely suggestions for the process, so please use it as a reference only.
First things first – you’ve got to have the either the money or the financing to make this work. If you have the cash, then GREAT! If not, then you’ll need to contact a money-lending source to discuss your financing options, and determine the right rate and payback plan that suits your lifestyle.
Next, are you looking to purchase a new or used vehicle? This will help you narrow down what your options are. Riding up and down new and/or used car lots is a good start. This way, you can get a feel for what you like. Do you want a sedan, a hatchback, a van, a truck, or an SUV? If those don’t suit you, there are other options as well. Are you thinking 2–door or 4-door? And how many seats will you need? Third-row seating is becoming more and more popular, especially with larger families, so that’s something to consider. How about the gas mileage? And, how many miles do you want on this vehicle?
If you’re definitely buying a previously owned car, you’ll want to ask how many previous owners it has had. Once you have that nailed down, you should get the history of the car, including any maintenance it has received. There are many questions to ask when purchasing a vehicle, which is why looking at options online is also a great idea. You can visit the lots and get a feel for what you like and then go online to various websites like KBB.com, AutoTrader.com, or Cars.com, just to name a few. These sites have an awesome application set up so you can plug in exactly what your ranges are for pricing, mileage, colors, and other categories to help narrow the search. You can even select the radius you are willing to travel to see this car.
Let’s say you find the car you want. Good job! But, before sealing the deal, there are few more steps to take to help ensure a seamless process. (1) Have a mechanic fully inspect the car and get his or her professional opinion on the health of the vehicle. The mechanic will want to determine whether or not the car has been in any previous accidents or has had damage. (2) Run a history report on the car and read the details. Carfax.com can help you with that. (3) Be cautious of signing an “as is” statement because once that’s done – it’s done! See if you can have a window of time with the vehicle (like 30 days) before it’s completely secured. Lastly (4), have your ducks in a row with your financing before going to purchase the car.
And, finally, even if you find yourself in the clear to make the purchase, you may want to consider consulting with someone you trust before signing the dotted line! It’s always nice to share your ideas and plans with a friend.
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