When it comes to buying a used car, there are many things that you will need to consider. Every car buyer goes into a dealership with one goal in mind: to get the best deal. When you enter our doors at Auto Store Group, we have your best interest at heart and hope to get you the car of your dreams for the best deal possible.
One thing to keep in mind when stepping foot on a car lot is that used cars operate on supply and demand scheme. If there are a limited number of 2012 Toyota Corollas, then the prices for 2012 Toyota Corollas will be higher than what one would imagine. We have some tips for you to ensure that you are getting the best deal on your used car!
Know Where the Deals Are
When shopping for a used car, you need to make sure that you are shopping in the market where the best deals are. For instance, if we see a spike in gas prices over a long period, you will notice that fuel efficient models will be more expensive than a large SUV. This is because the demand for a fuel-efficient model is higher when gas prices increase. It is always a great idea to know the auto trends and shop around them to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible!
If you are shopping for a specific make or model, it is best to research as much as possible before even stepping foot in the office. Make sure that you know what the vehicle is worth, as well as if the vehicle has any recalls or issues that may need to be addressed. You can use sites such as cargurus.com to compare prices and make sure that the vehicle you are looking at is priced fairly. You can also use Kelly Blue Book’s site to find out how much a car you may be buying is worth –or if you are trading your car in, how much the trade-in value is. Having this knowledge when coming into a dealership will let your salesman know that you know what you’re looking for and know what’s fair regarding pricing.
Before You Sign
Unless you are purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle with an additional warranty, you will need to do some legwork before you sign the paperwork on your new car. You will want to check the Carfax or Auto Check using the vehicle’s VIN to make sure that the vehicle has not been in any frame damaging accidents or that the vehicle has not been a victim of flood damage, etc… Dealers often offer these reports for free, but it is always a very good idea to shell out the money for them to make sure that the paid report matches the one that the dealer provides you.
Another thing you will want to do before signing is getting the car inspected by a local mechanic. A mechanic may charge you a fee to give the vehicle a once over, but it is worth it in the long run- making sure that your car doesn’t break down as soon as you drive it off the lot.
Using these three tips will ensure that you do not end up swindled the next time you are shopping for a used car. Do your homework folks, trust us- it’s worth it! Auto Store Group is Eastern NC’s premier used car dealership. Come on by and take a test drive today at one of our five locations, you won’t regret it!