Most car dealers are keen to help you find the best new or used car to meet your needs and budget. Here are three steps to help you make sure the next car you buy will be the best you’ve ever bought.
1. Leave your comfort zone
When you talk about buying a car, you often hear “I’m a Jeep guy” or “We’re a Ford family.” I will not prevent brand loyalty, but I believe in brand awareness. If you do not consider a variety of makes and models when you buy a new or used car, you are doing yourself an injustice. The auto industry has undergone many changes in recent years. New models, styles and innovations are introduced every day, so a quick check of your options is 100% to your advantage. Ford is not the only manufacturer with a full-size sedan or a mid-size SUV. Every automaker will have its own way of leading a concept, but these differences are good for consumers. If you’re a “Jeep-type” or a “Ford-family” that’s fine, but leave your comfort zone to make sure you do not miss it.
2. Compare car brands and models
If you are thinking of buying a new or used car, do your research and try before you buy. There are a ton of car buying comparison websites out there. With the websites of automakers and other online car buying sites, you can compare different cars side by side before getting up in the morning. Use these online car-buying resources to limit your search to a few (two or three) car makes and models.
Once you’ve reduced your search to a few vehicles that fit your budget and family needs, go out and test each one. Yes, test driving can be time consuming, but it’s worth it. When performing a driving test during your search for your next new or used car, be sure to compare the models between the manufacturers. If you drive a premium brand model, try a premium model of your choice. This is especially useful when looking at the performance of the engine and powertrain.
Do not be afraid to try several models of a particular vehicle. Maybe you like a high-end model with more features. If fuel consumption is important, try different engines and powertrains to make sure you want to drive the car. On paper, it might be nice to have 35 mpg instead of 30 mpg, but if you do not like driving the 35mpg car, what’s the point? Continue until you find the car that best suits your taste, driving style and budget.
3. Work with a car dealer you trust
At the end of the day, you should work with a new car or a used car dealer or a seller that you can trust. If you trade in a vehicle, you want to know that the dealership will give you a good deal on buying a new car and will provide you with a good exchange value for your existing car. Trust is also important because all vehicles have service costs at the same time – even the best-served vehicles can have unexpected service issues. See the dealership service center. Talk to people you trust or review comments online to make sure you choose a dealer and / or trusted person.
Buying a new or used vehicle can be fun and stressful. Make your car buying experience a bit better by following these tips. Have fun with your new vehicle!
Jason Junge, General Sales Manager at Young Automotive Group (www.Junge.com) in Cedar Rapids, IA, has been in the automotive industry since 1994. During this time he was Director of Sales for New and Used Cars Specialized Brands Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Lincoln, Mazda and Volvo