Buying a car
is as much about knowing yourself as it is about knowing the cars
. You have to ask yourself a few questions to know what you want, and then ask the dealer a few questions to find the car that fits you best. Not sure what to ask when buying a car? Follow this guide to get started.
Three Questions to Ask Yourself
Before making the decision to buy a new car, as yourself these three questions:
1. What is my budget?
Balance desire with practicality, and savings with payments. Consider what other big purchases you’ll be making in the future and how much you need to live comfortably. And remember that if you make the largest down payment you can afford, you will have more manageable car payments.
2. What do I need the car to do?
Are you traveling long miles for work, taking children around town or towing an RV? This will influence the type of car you select, whether it’s a sports car, coupe, sedan
, minivan, SUV
or full-sized luxury car. You will also want to decide what features the car must have, such as Apple CarPlay, heated seats, automated emergency breaking, etc.
3. Do I want a new or used car?
Both new and used cars have their advantages. If you purchase a brand new car
, you get the thrill of being the first owner and you won’t have to worry about what the car has been through. If you go with a used car, you can save a lot of money on car payments and insurance. You’ll just need to decide what’s most important to you!
Four Questions to Ask the Dealer
The best way to shop for a car is to do a lot of research before you do the legwork. Visit a dealer
armed with answers to the personal questions (budget, need, new or used) and ready to ask these four zingers:
1. Is the car that I want here today?
If you make it clear that you’ve done your research and you know what you’re looking for, you can make better use of your time at the dealership. You’ll also avoid being shown cars that don’t meet your criteria.
2. What fees and charges does the dealership add?
Every dealership has its own process and additional fees, so ask for the details. Sometimes you can negotiate things like “dealer prep fees
,” “doc fees
” and other charges.
3. Is the car free of aftermarket items or dealer additions?
Many options come factory-installed as part of a trim line package, but sometimes dealers can add things like mud flaps and tinting. Just be sure you know what you’re paying for.
4. Can I take it for a test drive?
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to test drive a car before you buy it, and taking it for spin can solidify your purchase decision. Even if you’re not initially crazy about the car, taking it for a test drive can give you a new perspective.
Test Drive a New Chevrolet in Phoenix Today!
Your Valley Chevy dealers are happy to answer any questions you may have about a vehicle. You are also welcome to test-drive any of the available vehicles! For helpful sales people and fair deals all year long, visit the Phoenix Chevy dealership nearest to you