Make your next car buying experience much better by following these tips.

The moment has come: you need to buy another car. Whether it’s because old faithful has finally driven it’s final mile or you’re just ready for an upgrade, buying a car can be a stressful experience. Before you hit the car lot or begin your car buying journey, take these 4 tips into consideration.  

4 Ways to Make Buying a Car Less Stressful

May 9, 2017

Make your next car buying experience much better by following these tips.

The moment has come: you need to buy another car. Whether it’s because old faithful has finally driven it’s final mile or you’re just ready for an upgrade, buying a car can be a stressful experience. Before you hit the car lot or begin your car buying journey, take these 4 tips into consideration.

1. Do your research


In the age of the internet, you can know exactly what car you want before you even step on the lot. Do thorough research ahead of time, so you can be confident in your search. Use sites like Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book and Cars.com to help you narrow down your list of possibilities.

What should you look at during your research?

  • Safety ratings
  • Gas mileage
  • Recent recalls
  • Pricing
  • Upgrade options
  • Warranty details
  • 5-year ownership cost
  • Consumer ratings and reviews  

Something else to consider: certain car safety features can save you money on your car insurance

2. Know what you want


Once you’ve done your research, make a list of your top two or three cars. Write down the pros and cons for each and bring your list with you to the test drive. Heading to the dealership with an idea of what you want will help you avoid being pressured into a sale. You don’t want to drive off the lot with a car you don’t love!

If you know friends who have one of the cars on your list, see if they will let you take it for a test drive! You can also get their opinions and find out if there are any hidden issues over the life of the car. Keep in mind that models do change over the years; if you want a 2014 and your friend has a 2010, there might be some updates or changes you’ll want to check out before making the purchase.

3. Get pre-approved


It’s always nice to have some peace of mind and leverage when it comes to your auto purchase. It’s a good idea to look into your loan options before heading to the dealership. Find out how much you are eligible to borrow, then decide if you’d be able to make a cash offer. This can help you land a better car deal, and you’ll know there won’t be any issues during the financing portion.

Use this calculator to see how much you can afford on your next car purchase and how much payments for different vehicles come to.

Wondering how much you can afford to spend on your new set of wheels? Use this calculator to determine how much you are able to spend within your budget. You can also see an estimate of your car payments for different vehicles. 

 

4. Prepare yourself for the experience 


Going in with a good attitude and knowing exactly what you’re looking for will help make the sales experience much easier. Focus on the good things and try to get excited about your new vehicle instead of focusing on the negatives of going through the buying process. If you feel like you need help, ask a friend or family member to go with you for guidance and support. Heading onto the lot with a plan, how much you can spend, and what you’re looking for will ease a lot of your worries and stress.

Read next: How to Prepare When Making Large Purchases

Car buying can be a pain, but when you follow the steps above it can be a little less of an annoyance and a bit more enjoyable. Going into the process prepared will help you feel more confident and hopefully help you land the right car for you.

Need more guidance on the car buying process? Learn how to find the right car at the right price and other car buying tips in this free eBook.

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