With proper maintenance, a car could get to 150,000 miles and beyond. As long as it is running, why not keep it going? Of course, that might mean holding onto a car for several years. If you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to trade in that car for a new model, then you’ll benefit from these buying guide tips.
Test-Drive the Car
The only way to know if the new car you’re buying is going to be a perfect fit is to test-drive it. Often this involves going to the dealership and taking the car out for a spin around the block but that isn’t a good enough test. If possible, you should try to get it on the highway to test the pickup. Remember, just because you’re test-driving a car at one dealership doesn’t lock you into that specific car. In other words, test-drive close to your home for convenience but go to the dealer with the best offer to make the purchase.
Check Sale Price and Warranties
As you narrow down your car choices, it is time to lock onto a price. That starts with a quote. You can begin by emailing a dealership with the make and model of the car you’re interested in. Just be careful about giving up your phone number otherwise you’ll be barraged with calls. Emails keep everyone at a distance. The price they quote you might change when you start adding on extra features. It might seem like just a few dollars here and there but when it goes to the final price, those add ons can impact your monthly payment. Do you really need a sunroof?
Review the Dealer Financing
Every dealership offers financing. That means making a loan for a car and paying more than that final price. The financing deal you can get will be based on your credit history, how much you’re putting down and if you have a trade-in. The thing to remember about dealership financing is that it is always more expensive than outside financing. Nothing wrong with getting pre-approved for a loan. Then you can compare rates. You might even be able to negotiate a better rate with the dealer.
After you’ve signed the deal, you’ll take your car out for a proper “spin” and put all the cool features to work. Back home, you’ll want to keep that car safe and that means going into a garage. Will your garage be ready? It will after a junk removal session with Junk King Dayton. It won’t take long for the Junk King crew to clear out furniture, appliances, boxes and any other junk item you’ve got in your garage. Let Junk King Dayton clear out the rubbish from your garage so your new car will have a home.