The Most Common Mistakes to Avoid Before Buying a Car
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, it’s important to understand that there is a lot at stake. After all, you don’t want to waste your hard-earned time and money, trying to find the perfect car. Research is key. In addition, understanding some of the most common mistakes that other consumers make when buying a car can be helpful, as well. This way, you can seek to avoid repeating any mistakes that may cost you!
- Do your homework. The worst thing you can do is to show up at a dealership, without having first done some research on the type of car you’d like to have. You should never treat buying a car like you would a trip to the mall. Doing your homework is crucial, if you want to avoid becoming a target for a sneaky salesperson. Take some time to look around at different options that would suit you, read reviews, and do as much in-depth research as possible before you head to the dealership. We know, we know — this isn’t the glamorous part of buying a new car! But, it’ll all be worth it in the end.
- Not taking your new car for a test drive. Repeat after us: NEVER, EVER buy a car without taking it for a test drive. You should always take your chosen vehicle for a spin before putting down any cash. And, if at all possible, it’s always best to take your car on the highway — not just around the block.
- Expecting to use dealer financing. You should always shop your financing separately. Why? Because, then you have something to compare with your dealer’s financing options. This can really come in handy during the negotiations process. Which brings us to our next point…
- Not knowing how to negotiate. No, negotiating isn’t fun for most of us. It’s also not necessarily a skill that comes naturally. But, if you want to ensure that you walk away with the best possible deal, you’ll need to learn the ins and outs of negotiating! This way, you can ensure that you’re prepared to successfully counter offers, and decipher your salesperson’s negotiation-speak. Do your research, and figure out which tactics you should use.
- Making a rash decision. Remember, there’s NO pressure to make a decision right away, when it comes to buying a new car. You shouldn’t feel rushed, or so excited that you buy the first car you see (eek!) — it can be tempting to rush through the process, we get it. But, you should never fall prey to the notion that a certain deal is only good right now; this is, after all, just a negotiations tactic that your dealer is using! Even when you think you’ve found the car of your dreams, you’ve tested it out, and you’ve done your research, you should still ALWAYS take a 24-hour period to think things over.
- Not getting a mechanical inspection. Particularly if you’re buying a used car, you should always consider getting an inspection done on your vehicle. Every car is different, and ALL cars are incredibly complex machines — there’s a lot that can go wrong, if you’re not careful.
- Not shopping around. You should always test-drive the car you want — but why not test-drive its competitors, too? This way, you can compare vehicles more adequately. Not only this, but you should also shop around to other dealerships, even when you think you’ve found The One. Who knows? You may find The One at another dealership, for a better price! That, or you may even find another car that you like more at another dealership. The car-buying process is all about shopping around, to sniff out the best possible deal. Don’t just trust a single salesperson to offer the lowest price. You could save (quite literally) thousands of dollars just by visiting two or three more dealerships than you had originally intended to.
- Buying “extras” that you don’t need. This is tricky! But, the truth is, you shouldn’t feel suckered into buying superfluous accessories for your new vehicle. It’s likely, in fact, that you really don’t need very many additional accessories at all. Do your research, so you can make sure that you’re not being swindled at the dealership, or being pressured into buying something that you have no use for. Never be afraid to tell a salesperson “no”, if you think you don’t need that extended warranty, VIN etching, or other additional item.
Contact the Experts at PAACO!
Do you have further questions about the car-buying process? When in doubt, it’s time to contact the experts at PAACO. For over 24 years, PAACO has been helping good people get the transportation they need and deserve. Regardless of past credit challenges and financial transgressions, we at PAACO feel that our customers deserve respect. In fact, our primary goal is to provide people with a superior customer service experience, and give them the royal treatment they deserve. Our inventory selection is better than ever – we have over 900 vehicles to choose from! Every vehicle we sell undergoes a rigorous 70-point inspection by one of our 10 certified mechanics; PAACO vehicles also go through a third-party inspection, to ensure that we are giving our customers a quality vehicle. We back all our vehicles with a FREE 6 month, 6000-mile warranty (whichever comes first, based on sale date).
Providing excellent customer service has always been our highest priority – after all, our customers are the reason we’re in business. Our team of Account Managers is dedicated to helping each of our customers achieve their dreams of vehicle ownership! We also have an excellent service department, staffed with knowledgeable and qualified experts to help facilitate any mechanical concerns you may have throughout the course of your contract. Have you have been turned down by a car dealership? Stop by any one of our 11 dealerships – PAACO has been helping customers finance high-quality used cars for over 24 years. Call us today at 877-810-4555. We know how stressful the car-buying process can be, so we’re always happy to offer our assistance!