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3 Tips for When to Buy a Car

For your average auto enthusiast, buying a car is the peak of excitement and adventure. Talking to someone about cylinders, torque, gear ratios, and more is a car lover's dream day.

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But what about those of us who see a vehicle just as a way to get from A to B, not 0 to 100 in 3.2 seconds?

Whichever category you fit into, here is a handy and stress-free guide to buying a car.

1. Look Online Before you Shop

When you're thinking about buying a new car, the obvious first choice is a physical dealership. But with technology where it is, you could literally buy a car online from the comfort of your own home.
Even if you don't buy online, there are benefits to checking out a dealership's website, such as:




  • VEHICLE CONFIGURATOR. Most vehicle manufacturers' websites have applications where you can try out different styling and equipment options to see how they'd affect the price of the different vehicles.
  • DISCOUNTS. Prices online are sometimes a little different than at a dealership. There may also be extra discount codes for online purchases and optional extras.

2. Be Prepared Before You Get to the Showroom

New car dealerships are usually reasonably relaxed environments, but unfamiliar terms and eager salesmen can make the experience a little stressful. To make sure you are prepared before you step onto that showroom floor, here are some things you can do ahead of time:

  • Decide on a budget for a deposit and monthly installments, and stick to it
  • Set aside enough time to browse before you buy, but go with an idea of what you're looking for
  • Take someone you trust along, especially if you're not experienced at dealing with salesmen
  • Bring a copy of your credit report, as well as all the relevant details of your current car, if you're considering a trade-in.

3. Understand the Jargon

When you're at the dealership, the salespeople might throw around some terms you're unfamiliar with. Here is a list of some things you might come across:

  • MSRP - Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price. This is the price the manufacturer recommends their vehicles should be sold.
  • ACV - Actual Cash Value. This is what your trade-in is worth, if you have one.
  • Demo model - This is a car at a dealership that already has a few miles on it. A demo model is usually driven by the manager or owner of the dealership and is still in peak condition.

Conclusion

With so many new cars for sale, it isn't always easy to choose when you want to buy a new car. Whether you are looking for the cheapest new car or checking out how to buy a car on finance, following this guide will help you make an informed choice. SEAT cars are an excellent choice for anyone from new car buyers to first-time buyers with their sights set on a pre-loved vehicle.

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