Buying a car is an exciting but scary process, especially for first-time car buyers. Canvassing in showrooms, feeling the smooth steering wheel and comfy interior, and starting the car’s engine for the very first time is truly an exciting experience. Unfortunately, the task can also get scary when you do not have the understanding and expertise of car experts to navigate through the pitfalls of buying cars.
Yes, there are indeed dangers to avoid when purchasing vehicles. Such dangers may affect the quality of your purchase and make all the difference between a great investment and waste of money. To help you avoid these pitfalls, this guide will be enumerating and discussing each danger to be wary of when buying a car.
Falling in love with the models. If you are splashing thousands of dollars on a luxury sedan, emotion should not overrule logic when making a final decision. Becoming attracted to the car’s models can blind you from other cars, perhaps cars you should have considered. As an effect of becoming attracted to the model/s, you will likely ignore and skip the car specifications and thereby overlooking its imperfections. Remember, car models are there to lure in car shoppers. They aren’t there to fall in love with car buyers. Get your mindset right and clear.
Skipping test drives. The importance of test driving your prospected car simply cannot be overemphasized. Many cars look good on paper, especially on posters, pamphlets, and brochures. Unfortunately, the actual performance and feel of driving your vehicle cannot be determined in paper. Sadly, several car buyers undermine the value of test drives. They reason out lack of time or too much confidence in their research and existing knowledge regarding the specific model they are about to purchase to miss out on the test driving sessions.
Dealing down from the price tag. Never utilize the price tag as your gauge when dealing with car dealers. A sales rep may provide you with a deal that, for example, is $500 under the sticker price. Upon hearing this, many first-time car buyers will translate this as a great and smart purchase. You should only consider giving into this technique if the vehicle is in large demand and in short supply.
Streamlining solely on monthly premiums. Sales reps prefer to concentrate on a monthly-payment structure when dealing with clients. A common question that will often greet you is “how much can you pay per month?” Do not take the bait. It is the first phase down to a slippery slope of getting overpriced with your monthly premiums. Utilizing the monthly premiums as your main focus, the sales agent may drastically increase the car’s price, trade-in value, and financing conditions combined. This gives the agent too much space to give you a cheaper price on one aspect, but eventually compensating for it on the other areas.
Overall, you should read up and do your homework before window shopping for cars. The significant savings and quality car specifications you get in the end easily justify your ton load of research and time spent on mastering the art of purchasing a car.
Author’s Bio: Myke Thomas is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog Carloans.net focuses on loan bloggers, car bloggers and finance bloggers. You can follow her on Google+ and Twitter.
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