Use your brain and your gut to shop smarter. You need to have the knowledge about the car you want, but you also have to feel comfortable with the deal. Your whole body will tell you when the situation is right, so listen to the way you feel and take it under advisement.
It is illegal for a dealer to roll back the odometer on any car they sell. Even if they put a new motor in the car, it is still illegal. If you suspect that a dealer is not stating the correct mileage on a car, leave and shop elsewhere.
Establish a budget before you go car shopping so you have a great idea of what is in your price range. Try your best to stay within your budget. If you must go over, the amount that you go over should not be so significant that it puts you in a financial bind.
Take your time during the test drive. Before driving off, familiarize yourself with the controls and ask yourself if you like the position of the gear shift, how easy it is to reach the steering wheel and/or adjust your seat. Then go for a long drive so that you can see how the vehicle performs in different environments. If possible, drive it on the highway as well as on main roads and side roads.
If you think, you will have your car for a while, pay a little more to get a few more options. In the long run, it will benefit you to have what you want. If you don’t, you may add on later and pay even more money. For example, getting a navigation system included will generally cost you less than picking one up in the future.
If a car salesman tells you, a deal is only good for today, do not fall prey to this trick. Dealerships like to put a sense of urgency into the negotiation process in order to get you to make a hasty decision. This always works to their benefit, and it rarely works to yours. If a deal is offered to you today, any reputable dealership will extend it to you tomorrow.
Financing is often more affordable when you get it from an institution other than the dealership themselves. The rates they offer aren’t great, but they’re sometimes open to lending you money when your credit is bad, unlike a bank. Check out all of your financing options and find out how much you’ll be approved for before you approach the lot.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding as to what it takes to purchase a car that you are happy with. Make sure you implement the tips given in the article above to make your selection a whole lot easier. With any luck, you will end up with the car of your dreams!