Being a first time Buick owner is an exhilarating experience. But as exciting as it can be, it can quickly become overwhelming. For perfectionists, it can even be a source of a lot of unwanted anxiety and stress as well. Like with any stressful situation, however, it can easily be remedied with preparation and tips from those who have been in your shoes before.
That’s where we come in — here are our favorite tips for buying your first car. Without further delay, let’s dive right in.
What You Need To Know Before Getting Started
As is the case with most new experiences, the first steps are often the most daunting. When it comes to buying a new car, however, the process is significantly less scary than it may appear. Here are a few of our favorite tips for getting off on the right foot (or wheel, in this case):
Setting a budget well in advance can take a lot of stress off your shoulders. When creating the budget, keep in mind whether it’s in your best interest for it to be flexible or strict. For those who are most concerned with quality and obtaining a vehicle that will be a stellar investment in both the short and long-term, a flexible budget is recommended. If you need a short-term solution — something you plan on upgrading within a year or so — it’s far more important to stick the budget you set at the onset.
Another crucial factor to keep in mind is what model will be most useful in your day-to-day life. Model refers to the style of car you plan on purchasing — popular models include SUVs, all-purpose, trucks, and muscle cars. If you’re chiefly concerned with your daily commute, then an all-purpose model with low gas mileage will be the best fit for you. If you plan on doing a lot of adventuring, then an all-terrain SUV may be more your speed.
Extras And Features
Lastly, you’re going to want to create a definitive list of amenities and extra features you require a car to have. A typical example of a highly-sought additional feature would be a small LCD screen for use with those in the back seat — for parents with young children, this feature is an absolute must-have. Similar features include things like sound systems and storage space. Having this decided beforehand will make the selection process significantly more manageable.
Buying New? Or Used?
It’s in your best interest to decide well in advance whether or not you want to buy a new or used car. Both options have a sizable list of benefits and drawbacks; The decision is easily the most difficult for most buyers to make. The stress can be mitigated, however — significantly, in fact.
If you plan on buying a new car, then you’re going to need to be prepared for a lot of paperwork. Buying a new car also means you’re going to need to work with a traditional car dealership, and with that comes an exhaustive amount of fine print. It also means a lot of haggling. There’s nothing wrong with trying to work the price of a new vehicle down to something more to your budget but remember — life isn’t a movie, and as such, prices aren’t nearly as flexible as movies make them out to be. You’re going to be lucky to knock a thousand off the lot-listed price — anything more is wishful thinking.
Thankfully, buying new also means you won’t need to be worried about anything underhanded. A car fresh off the lot won’t be breaking down because of manufacturer errors any time soon, and if it does, you will absolutely be compensated. It also means having an avenue for professional repairs, a factor that is often underestimated.
With a used car, your worries will be inverted — the buying process will be significantly faster and with much less paperwork, but you won’t have the same degree of peace of mind. And of course, a used car will always be much, much less expensive than its new counterpart. It isn’t uncommon for a car to lose $10,000 in value the minute it’s driven off the lot! For those with a more modest budget, buying used is the way to go.
Getting The Most Out Of Your New Car
With these tips in mind, your car buying experience will be much more pleasant. You will also be far more likely to be satisfied with your purchase — as well as the state your wallet is in after the fact. Whether you opt for a new or used vehicle, these tips will steer you in the right direction. Be confident when negotiating and sure of what you’re looking for, and you will have no trouble at all. So enough reading! It’s time for you to start wheelin’ and dealin’ — happy driving!