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Steps for Buying a GOOD Used Car

Steps for Buying a Car

Buying a car can be a harrowing experience for anyone. There are many makes, model, and color choices from which to choose. Add to that….. the dealerships, sales consultants, trade-in values (if any) and finally coming to a fair price.  I cannot tell you how many times I meet prospective buyers who have no idea what class of vehicle or price point they want.

BUYER!  Do your research before you venture to a dealership to save yourself time, frustration and money. Here are just a few tips on how to make the buying process seamless and relatively pleasant for you and your family:

*Needs assessment – Know what type of vehicle you are looking for. How much can you spend?  Know the payment/price best for you and your family. There are online sites that help you with determining car payments and will generate payment for you based on down payment/term/interest rate, Auto Loan Calculator.  You can also check with your bank for their interest rates and terms prior to going to dealership. You have purchasing power as a consumer; don’t be afraid to use it.

*Qualify– You owe it to yourself to research the dealership and sales consultant.  Read online reviews. Check sites that include reviews/postings:www.dealerrater.com or www.cars.com. Your local Better Business Bureau will also have ratings and complaints as well for the dealer Better Business Bureau.

*Demo – You will be in the next car you buy for 2-3 years on average. Research the vehicle you are considering thoroughly. Again, there are great sites to check for safety, gas mileage and reliability. The best source is www.consumerreports.org.

*Close – Once you’ve completed the steps outlined and educated yourself on financing, you are ready to CLOSE the DEAL.

The internet has very good tools (http://tradein.autotrader.com, www.kbb.com) to use for your trade evaluation. I cannot stress how important is for consumers to get a realistic view of what their trade is worth prior to working with a dealer. Please be honest with yourself when inputting the specs (condition, miles, and options) for your vehicle.

The purchase of an Automobile is the second largest purchase in one’s life next to the purchase of a home. When you look for your home, you research the neighborhood, amenities, schools, and shopping. You owe it to yourself to give the same due diligence when buying your next vehicle.

-Roger Evanson
Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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