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Purchasing a Vehicle

Making a major purchase, such as a vehicle that is new to you, is always exciting, but sometimes brings anxiety.  The more prepared you are the better off you'll be.  You have a lot to do before you even go shopping for a vehicle. The new and used vehicle market is changing all of the time.  There are quite a few options available to you.   "Just Off Lease" vehicles are an option that can provide you with lower mileage vehicles that are still under warranty or can have the warranty extended.  Whichever decision you make, we've included some great tips to help you make the right decision.

Purchasing a New Car

Get Pre-Approved for your Loan:  Knowing your budget will help you both narrow down your search and in your negotiations.  When you know what you can afford, you empower yourself in your negotiations and are less likely to overextend yourself. 

 Find a Dealer who fits your style:  SDCarAds.com can help you find a dealer that's right for you.

Determine how you will sell your current vehicle: Decide if you will be selling your car to another party or using it as a trade-in. Value your vehicle and work that into your budget. 

Consider all the costs:  Tax, License, and the cost of your insurance on your new vehicle are additional fees you may not have considered. 

Get several quotations:  Shopping around usually gets you the best deal and let's you determine who you are comfortable purchasing from.

Be a bit Flexible:  If your color is not available bend a bit on it.  Is air conditioning that important?  Flexibility usually brings you a better deal.

 

Purchasing a Used Car

Get Pre-Approved for your Loan:  Knowing your budget will help you both narrow down your search and in your negotiations.  When you know what you can afford, you empower yourself in your negotiations and are less likely to overextend yourself.

Do your Research: Ask yourself these questions and find out the answers as you shop:

  • What kind of gas mileage does the car get?
  • What kind of roads will you be traveling on?
  • Does the vehicle fit all the people you need it to?
  • Do you have options for a Warranty?
  • What is the history of the vehicle?
  • Does the vehicle you're looking at fit your needs?
  • Has the vehicle ever been in an accident?

Drive the Car:  Don't be satisfied with a drive down the block. How would you know how it handles at highway speeds?  Notice the following items when you're driving:

  • Does the car struggle to get up to speed?
  • Does it stop in an appropriate distance?
  • Are there any noises when you go over dips and bumps?
  • Do you hear any loud or hard noises during or after a gear shift?
  • Does the Air Conditioning come out cold?

Inspect the Car Thoroughly:  A brief look at the car won't give you time to notice things that might be missing or worn.  Look for the following items that might make you incur extra expenses later:

  • Are the tires worn?
  • Does the body of the car have any dents or dings?  Look down the side of the vehicle while you stand parallel to it. This will better enable you to see indentations in the body.
  • Look at the belts and hoses on the vehicle.  There is bound to be dirt and grease (especially on the hoses) in some amount, but look for cracks that can cause ruptures later on.
  • Do the lights work?  Tail Lights? Blinkers?
  • Do all seat belts function?
  • Does it have the spare wheel and/or jack?

Review the Value of the Vehicle:  Get a good idea of the amount you should spend on the vehicle from an independent authority such as Kelly Bluebook before you shop..