Sunday, September 21, 2014

Car Shopping

Shopping for cars can be fun. If you’re looking for a new car then let’s make that experience fun. Shopping a car store for your next vehicle with proper information already thought out will make the experience joyful.

Used cars need preliminary research. However you will have inspections and question you will want to have answered before you purchase a used car:

i.              Do you have access to service and maintenance records?

ii.             Does the car have a clean title? Make sure that the car has no past issues such as, accidents, flood damage, paint work or salvage title.

iii.            Make a thorough physical inspection of the car. Here are some very simple inspections you can make. Car panel edges, run your fingers across panel edges. If you find them to be smooth that is a good thing, what you want to look for is rough, gritty edges. This is a sign of potential paint work. Ask the seller questions about previous paint work or potential body damage.

iv.           Check the engine for signs of fluid leaks. Make sure the car has fresh oil, which all the normal maintenance services have been performed and performed on a regular basis for the life history of the car you’re considering. Are the current fluids in the car clean, inspect filters where possible.

v.            Do the tires show uneven wear? Make sure the car you’re considering has good rubber.

vi.           Test drive. A nice long test drive in the used car you’re considering will be a telltale of the condition the car is in. Does it rattle, pull to one side or the other? Most importantly is the drive fun, do you enjoy driving the car? Take time to make sure the driving experience is pleasurable.
Consider a certified pre-owned if choosing a used car. These vehicles tend to have been more thoroughly inspected and do come with additional warranty.

The following will help you make educated decisions. Get the right car in your driveway. Preliminary research is important. Define what your car’s job is. Simple transportation, point A to point B. Kid taxi, work horse or do you have more spirited driving needs. Where can you find good information? Here are a few tips:

        I.            Online research. Manufactures web sites, third party web sites. Make sure the cars you’re considering fit your needs and budget. Check out cost of ownership, what has to be replaced on a normal basis, what do those expenses cost?

      II.            Choose the right dealership for you. Does the store have a good reputation, huge selection of inventory, quality service center for normal maintenance and repairs? Check out the stores social media sites. See what customers are talking about.

    III.            Have a good understanding of your credit situation. What is your credit score? Having a clear financial picture is real bargaining power. The good news in today’s market, finance choices are abundant for consumers who have excellent credit and real help for those needing credit assistance to help re-establish themselves with good car credit.

    IV.         If you plan on keeping a new car beyond the manufacturer’s warranty be sure to consider extending the manufacturer’s warranty. Just like you need good health insurance, give your car the same level of coverage. Cars have 25% more on-board computing power than it took to send a man to the moon. Mechanics are now technicians. Warranties will give you peace of mind.

Armed with good information before you set foot in the dealership will give you bargaining power. Knowledge to give you the peace of mind that you've purchased the right new car.

Don’t let yourself get caught up in emotion while shopping. It’s so easy to fall in love with a really fun car. Remember, the day will come when you have to make regular payments and maintain your new car. Be sure it works within a comfortable budget for you and your family.


Get yourself informed, do enough research to assure yourself a successful shopping experience. Get out there and have some fun buying your next new car! 

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