Do Your Homework Before Going to the Dealer for Your Next New Car

Do Your Research Before Purchasing a New Car

Buying a new car

If you think you are ready to break down and purchase a new vehicle, you should prepare yourself before heading into your local dealership. Knowing what you want and how much you can afford to spend will only help speed up the car buying process and ensure that you get the right vehicle for your needs.

Before making your way into your neighborhood car dealership, ask yourself a few important questions:


  • What you will be using your new vehicle for?
  • Do you need extra passenger room?
  • Is fuel efficiency an important factor?
  • How much can you afford to spend?
  • Will you be purchasing the vehicle or will you be leasing?
  • Do you have a trade-in?
  • What kind of standard features do you want?


Take Advantage of Online Side-By-Side Comparisons

After you have a good idea of what type of vehicle you are looking for, start researching those types of vehicles online. Take a look at several different car brands and do a side-by-side comparison of models. Keep in mind that most are offered in a variety of trims so if you aren’t happy with the standard equipment on one, bump up to the next trim level and see if that model covers all of your needs.

Ask About the Vehicle’s Available Options and Accessories

Once you have figured out which auto brand you want to go with, visit the dealership to get a closer look at their inventory. It is important to take any vehicle you’re considering for a spin before buying it. Take notice of the comfort level, placement of the controls, cabin noise, handling, and whether or not it drives smoothly. Discuss any concerns with the sales rep, as they are there to help you find the right vehicle. If you still want more features, ask about the available options and accessories for that model.

The dealership wants you to be happy with the vehicle you choose and the service you receive, as many of their customers are referred by their friends and family who have had an exceptional experience at the dealership. Buying a car should be a relatively easy and stress free experience. Do your research ahead of time so that you don’t feel overwhelmed at the dealership, and then have fun while searching for your brand new car!

May 27, 2012 by Jamie Rettig