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There’s just something about shopping for a new car that’s exciting, but also a little terrifying. Believe me, I know. I’m lucky, because I get to do a lot of blogger stuff with car brands, my inner car lover is always very happy about that by the way. Like the Kia Ride and Drive at Six Flags Magic Mountain recently. That was fun. But, being surrounded by new cars always gets me thinking about how shopping for that perfect vehicle might give a few people anxiety. That’s why I wanted to share five pieces of advice to keep in mind before you head out car shopping. These are all based on my experiences, since the hubby and I lease our vehicles and find ourselves in the dealership every few years.
Know What You Want
The first thing I always do when we are looking for a new car is sit down with my hubby and make a list of things we want in a vehicle. It sounds a little time consuming and it might be, but it’s worth it. Knowing what you want beforehand will save you time and a headache when you’re actually car shopping.
Research Research Research
Please do not pass up a little researching online and even asking your family and friends questions about the cars they drive. I’ve had a few strangers ask me how I like my current car, once as I actually sat in it. You really don’t want to go into this without a clue of what’s out there. Look online for reviews, safety ratings, and prices offered by various dealers in your area. Even explore your options of a gas vs. hybrid vs. electric vehicle. It’s time to do your homework.
Ride and Drive
I honestly love attending a Ride and Drive, like the one with Kia. You get to experience being a driver and a passenger in your possible new vehicle. After a quick sign-up and breathalyzer, you hop right in. The car experts sit with you and answer every question and concern you have about the car. I not only scope out all of the features in the front seat, but what options I get as a backseat passenger. Kia is hosting a few of these around the nation. Keep your eyes out and visit their website with all the info. Or just pop into a Kia dealership and take a test drive today.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Please…please…please do not be afraid to ask questions about anything. Whether it’s the material of the seats, horsepower, gas mileage, price, tech features, safety, options…or whatever. Ask away. That’s what the sales people are there for. And if they can’t answer your questions, ask for someone who can or just visit another dealership. If you don’t feel brave enough to ask the tough questions, take someone with you who is. The more you know about the car you plan to drive, the better.
Use Your Negotiating Skills
Remember that you hold the power in this purchase or lease. Negotiating is all about knowing what you want to pay and what they want you to pay. Then meeting in the middle somewhere where you are both comfortable. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. My hubby and I have walked out of the dealership because they were unwilling to meet us halfway. And that’s OK. It just wasn’t meant to be. This is a big and extremely important financial decision. You should never walk out of it without feeling 100% comfortable with the final outcome.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Any and all opinions are true and my own.