I am looking to get a new car, but I want to know what things I need to look for when I test drive it and what questions I should ask the seller after I test drive it.
Hello! My NAME IS KENNETH,I spent 23 years selling cars in three states. The first thing to do after you have narrowed down your search on economy car,luxury car, suv or pick-up. Is go on line see what the vehicles are going for in the catagory your looking for. This will help you decide on a paticular car such as domestic which are cheaper than import cars. Do your researce on line as to maintance problems and ratings. Once you have narrowed it down for example a Honda, Toyota, or nissan . Go to your bank get pre-approved for a car loan, there tell you the amount and payment. Now find the car in that range. Always ask for a car fax that will tell you if theres ever been any damage done to it. Then you can negoitate, but never buy that day always leave, there usually call you back the next day offering it at a lower price even though they may say its as cheap as they can go when your there.
People who are buying a used car are often told they ought to ask if they can have the car checked out by a good mechanic (maybe one they know) before finalizing any sales. There's a lot you can't tell (new or used) just by test driving the car.
One important thing to ask about is what, if any, warranties the car has. New cars have their own warranties, and late model used cars can have some leftover warranty. Sometimes dealers have their own, additional warranties to cover stuff. Listen to what is covered in any warranties.
Your best bet would be to search for the kinds of things to look/listen for, because without knowing if it's a new, sort of new, or older car, it would take too long to go into everything here.
It is also a good idea to do some research into the overall quality of the line of cars and what types of problems people who buy them can expect. For example, the specific brand of cars might have a lot of electrical problems.
Consumer reports can be a good place to start, but you will want to do some more brand research online.
brad41, really good point. This is a kind of funny example of how one bunch of the same cars can have problems; but there's a flock of 90's, white, Chevy Luminas that all tended to have an extreme "paint loss" problem (although it may not have happened when they were too close to new). Still, when all the other 90's cars on the road still have paint, this bunch all has giant gray, horrible, paint loss "issues". Of course, there are more serious problems than that, but, as I said, I find that one a kind of funny one. (Of course, the person who bought one used may not find it funny when the paint starts to fall off a year after buying it. )
A friend of a friend bought a car and had similar paint problems. The car was silver and the first time he took it too one of those self serve car washes, the paint literally came right off with the dirt.
I believe it was a Ford Ranger. Later I talked to someone else who owned a Ford with the same type of factory paint, who had a similar experience.
I believe they can both laugh about it now, but it was very disheartening at the time.
1) invite online quotes form the 3/4 car dealers in your area for the brand of car you are looking for.
2) check for the car accessories included in each quote. Same type of car comes with multiple type of accessories.
3) ask if you would get more discount, if you make all cash down payment, or make decision 1 2/3 days (buy towards end of month, chances are you woudl get good deal)
4) these days dealers have rollback cars and new cars. ask for difference
5) do not fall in trap of packages that financing agent would tell you. he is going to say it woudl save money, but it does not.
I have helped my 5 friends in buying car when they came here in U.S. it is fun and art to buy at best price.
how to reseach, many have already said, do your homework online.
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