Getting Ready to Purchase a Vehicle?
Congratulations! Buying a vehicle is an important decision, and one that should be made correctly! Whether you are looking for certified pre owned vehicles or new cars, there is a lot to consider. In fact, car sales are skyrocketing with over 88 million vehicles sold in 2016, a number that is growing by about 5% per year!
When shopping for a car, some people know exactly what they want. Whether it is a Ford Focus or some type of Ford truck, or new or certified pre owned vehicles, these buyers know exactly what they want. Other car buyers maybe just have a general idea. Perhaps a used SUV, or maybe a used van. Either way, there are some general car buying tips every car buyer should consider.
What to Know When Purchasing a Car
For Used, Get Certified Pre Owned Vehicles: I don’t think this can be overstated enough. If you are looking for a used vehicle, certified pre owned vehicles should be the ONLY option. CPO’s (not to be confused with the lovable Star Wars droid C3P0) are usually late model and low mileage vehicles with a clean title. There are important criteria that CPO vehicle must meet before being sold as such. These cars are in the best condition and go through a multi point inspection and reconditioning process.
This process will ensure between 100 and 200 individual check items that must be passed off before the car can be sold as a CPO. Additionally, certified pre owned vehicles have extended warranty protections in place. Because a dealer is making you certain assurances when you purchase CPO, there are excellent warranties in place to cover you should something go wrong. Sometimes this warranty protection will even come with roadside assistance in the event of a break down, flat tire, or jump being needed.
Purchase on Price, Not Monthly Payments: A common mistake many car buyers make is purchasing based on monthly payments. While it can be very nice to get a low monthly payment (and we will do what we can to help you get there), price is another important factor to consider. Make sure you have budgeted appropriately and know the price range of a vehicle you have secured financing for. Remember, just because the car has a low monthly payment doesn’t mean you will qualify for a loan for that car. Look at getting pre-approved for financing before you visit a dealership. This will ensure that you are able to get a car within your budget and have good interest rates.
Take a Long Test Drive: There is no need to rush the test drive. Especially when purchasing certified pre owned vehicles, take your time. We are here to help you feel comfortable in your new car. If you want to test drive for 10 minutes or 30 minutes, that is fine by us. Give us a call to make an appointment for test drives of vehicles. During the test drive, drive the vehicle the way you would want to drive it. Get the vehicle into all the different gears by driving both around the city and on a freeway. Test the breaks, the blinkers, and the acceleration. Ensure that the lights are working properly and that the seats and mirrors can be adjusted easily. Most people intend to keep their car for at least five years, you should be sure that you are comfortable during the test drive as it will be a good indication of what the overall experience will be after purchasing.
Consider Warranty Packages: Warranties are a big deal on cars. We offer several different packages for extended warranties that go above and beyond the manufacturer guarantees. The way you intend to use the car is a good indication of what type of warranty you will want. If you are planning on doing extensive camping, off road driving, and adventuring with your new car, it is a great idea to get a high end warranty. Repairs that are covered under warranty can cost thousands of dollars to do on your own. Be sure to read through and understand each warranty and consider your driving habits when making this decision.