New to the car buying game? Don’t tell the other dealerships we released these secrets for getting your dream car at a dream price when buying a new or used vehicle for the first time.
Buying a new car for the first time is an experience that can be both exhilarating and stressful. It may even resemble the feeling you get when prepping for your first date! This experience happens at different stages of life for everyone—after high school, after college graduation, when beginning a new profession or possibly later in life.
Regardless of when you decide to purchase a new vehicle, here are some tips that can help you make an educated decision and ease your stress level:
Set a realistic budget
You are the one who knows how much you can spend without stretching yourself too thin. You may love the latest Lexus, but your budget may be more suited for the new, quality Dodge car, truck or SUV. Know your budget and set a price range before heading to the dealership.
Understand your needs.
Do you drive long distances for work? A gas-guzzler may not be appropriate for you. Do you drive a family or are you typically a solo driver? Determine the size of the car that you need.
Consider your hobbies
If you’re the type who uses your car on weekends for canoeing, biking or mud bogging, a tiny vehicle will cramp your recreational style. A quality SUV such as new Jeep Wrangler or Dodge Ram’s 1500 truck may better suit your needs.
Do your research
When spending your hard earned money, this step is vital. Research today is easier than ever; the internet is full of information that can provide prospective car owners with valuable information. Come to the dealership prepared and armed with knowledge. This will save you time and give you confidence in your decision.
For starters check out our article: “Insider Tips for Negotiating with a Car Dealerships.”
Take a test drive
Never make a purchase without taking the vehicle for a good test drive. Reviews may tout how smoothly a certain vehicle drives; however, you may not feel the same way. Make sure you don’t base your decision on an opinion but on your own experience behind the wheel.
Secure your financing
Kelley Blue Book suggests researching all available financing options before going to the dealership. Check with local banks, your credit union or even your insurance company about options for financing. The dealership will often offer a great finance plan, but you’ll feel better about your decision if you know all of your options.
Find a dealership you trust
This can be one of the most important steps. At Callaway Chrysler, we don’t just see ourselves as an auto dealership looking to make a quick sale. Rather, our experienced sales team is here to answer all your questions and find the right transportation option to meet your needs and budget.
Enjoy the process!
Buying your first new car is a once in a lifetime experience. The feeling you’ll get once you drive off in your clean-smelling, smooth-riding vehicle will stay with you forever. Putting into practice the above tips can create for you a much smoother and less stressful process.
Stress Free Car Shopping in Fulton, Missouri
At Callaway Chrysler, we have top quality professional salesmen rather than pushy or unethical individuals who give our industry a bad name. We pride ourselves on providing a wide range of quality new and used cars at our dealership. If you live in Fulton or surrounding Callaway County (including Columbia, Jefferson City, Mexico, Hermann, Washington and Boonville, Missouri), we’re the dealership you’ve been looking for. Contact us today!