When you are in the market for either a brand-new car or a used car, you have a lot of big decisions to make. However, once you have in mind a vehicle you would like to buy, or at least the style, brand or even a model, there is another important decision you need to make. Where are you going to buy your new or used car from?
The whole experience of buying a new automobile, whether its new or used, can be a positive one or a very negative one depending on the car dealership you choose to use. How can you avoid getting ripped off and having the best car buying experience possible?
Do Your Research
Cars are expensive and are probably one of the priciest things you will ever need to buy. That’s why the process of buying one shouldn’t be rushed. If you have already done all the homework and figured out the make and model you want to buy, you still have more work to do. You need to research the car dealerships that stock the cars you are interested in.
When looking at websites, look for dealerships that give more than just a cellphone number or a vague address. If they are a fully-fledged and trustworthy business, they should have several different phone numbers for their different departments and will want to display to all potential customers exactly where they are.
Look At Online Testimonials and Reviews
Just as you have probably looked at customer reviews by people who driven the cars you are interested in to help in your decision of which to buy, you need to do the same when choosing a car dealership. Impartial testimonials and reviews are a great way to determine the kind of car buying experience you may have. Don’t just be swayed by the positives, look at the negatives and if there are any growing trends among them, you need to decide if they were one-off incidents or not.
Remember, everyone is different. Someone may have had a bad experience just because they didn’t like the salesperson’s personality. You may not have the same problem. Weigh everything up before deciding.
Consider Its Location
You may not think, in the pursuit of the best deal on that dream car, that the location of the dealership is very important. It’s true, if you are buying a new car, you are unlikely to need to speak much to the dealership after you’ve driven away. However, if you are buying a used car, one that may potentially need servicing and repairs at some point, it can be inconvenient to choose a dealership that is two towns along.
Consider the distance therefore before settling. You want to know that it’s not going to cost too much if you need to tow your vehicle there. It is just good to know that your dealership is just a short drive away if you have any issues or questions regarding your vehicle.