One of the scariest parts of the car buying process for many women is negotiating the price. Many would rather not negotiate at all and leave the numbers as they are.
The problem with this approach is that you may end up paying for something you do not want or need. For instance, if the price quote contains rust protection, VIN etching, or some other undesirable fee, then you may want to remove it – as it can cost you up to $1,000 or more. The only way to do so is to speak up.
With so many people in the market this time of the year, we thought it useful to revisit some strategies for ensuring the used car you buy is a good one.
Over the past months, we've been flooding you with articles to help you in your auto buying needs. We are now providing you with the following auto buying tips/checklist to make your auto buying process work smoothly for you. We suggest strongly you follow this auto buying checklist in order of the items listed.
Paste this car buying checklist into Word, leave spaces to make notes, and print it out. Place it on a clipboard and check off your progress as you shop!
Important: Your demonstrated courtesy at all times will work to your advantage. Be considerate and open with all sales and management personnel at all times, including internet, phone, and in-person.
A recent report from Black Book shows that a fully loaded used car can be a great value over a new car. Even though transaction prices have increased on new cars and trucks thanks to their sophisticated vehicle features, technology, and add-ons, these cars aren’t holding their value when they reach the used-car marketplace.
In fact, the majority of cars and trucks lose roughly 50 percent of their value in the first three years, but features tend to lose roughly 80 percent of their value during the same time frame.
One of the most important icons of rock ‘n’ roll history, this Porsche 356C convertible was purchased in 1968 by Janis Joplin, who immediately engaged Dave Richards, a friend and roadie with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, to customize the car with a kaleidoscopic mural.
Once you've figured out what cars you probably don't want to buy, as we discussed in part one of this series, and have considered such things as insurance and maintenance cost considerations and finding the actual vehicle, as we discussed in the second part of this series, here are some final tips to consider before you make that trip to the dealership:
1. If you find a vehicle online on a dealership lot, DO NOT just show up and ask to see the car. ALWAYS call an Internet Manager for the dealership to determine if the vehicle is available, and try to establish some rapport with this person. ALWAYS make an appointment. And show up on time. Take your notes with you. It would be a good idea to have an adult accompany you, even if they are not going to be involved in the purchase.
Once you've figured out what cars you probably don't want to buy, as we discussed in part one of this series, your next step is to consider such things as insurance and maintenance cost considerations -- and finding the actual vehicle.
So here are some well-thought-out tips that work:
1. Sit down at your desk with either a notepad or iPad, or tape recorder. Analyze your personality and what you like to do.
2. Figure out how you will mostly use your vehicle and try to fit these two categories together.
First, congratulations! It’s time for your first car. It’s an exciting time. Buying your first car is an amazing adventure. At least, we hope it will be. If you use your head and do your prep, this first car will provide you with a memory that will last you the rest of your life. The trick is making this a good memory, not one you will look back on with horror or regret.
Statistically we know a couple of things about most of you already: We know that women generally are more concerned with vehicles that are more dependable than stylish, with some exceptions. You don’t seem to be as concerned with extensive and fancy technological features as you are with having features that allow you to easily operate your vehicle and use whatever features provided with ease. Most of you really don’t want a vehicle that requires excessive maintenance or consumes a lot of gas. You do want a vehicle that is cute and fun in at least some way, and something you can feel comfortable and safe driving with your friends.
Test-driving a car before buying one is crucial, even if it is new. After all, no article, review or guide in the world can accurately convey what it feels like to interact with a vehicle in person. As such, your best bet is to visit a dealership and test-drive each potential purchase yourself. You can also use this opportunity to collect price quotes.
Keep in mind that a test-drive is one of the last steps in the car buying process, which means that you should already have a good idea of the kind of vehicle you want to buy and how much you can afford to spend on it. You should also have a list of vehicles that you may consider buying.
If you have all that, then here is what you need to do in order to test-drive a car properly.