How to Find the Perfect Car
Buying a new car is one of the biggest financial decisions you can make. There are many choices on the market today making it difficult to determine which make and model best suites your lifestyle and your budget. Experts agree that taking the time to do some research and planning before heading to the dealership will help you find the perfect car.
Assessing your needs is the first step in determining which car is best for you. Your next car or truck should not only be visually appealing but it should be a vehicle that offers all the amenities and functionality you need now and in the future. Key points to consider are:
- How many passengers will you need to transport?
- What type of driving do you do: city driving, surface streets or off-road?
- Do you drive on wet, icy or muddy roads?
- How far do you drive each day? (Think about fuel economy)
- What technology features are important to you: navigation, smartphone integration, etc.?
- What safety features are important to you?
- Do you need a large or small cargo capacity?
- Are you going to be using children’s car seats?
- Do you plan on towing recreational vehicles or trailers?
- How much space is in your garage or parking space?
Most new cars are financed for sale or lease through a dealership or financial lender. Most car shoppers are concerned about finding financing options that fit within their budgets. The best advice for determining how much you can afford is to calculate 20% of your monthly take home pay. Experts recommend that monthly car payments should not exceed this amount. By doing this mental prep-work before you start finance negotiations, you can avoid the urge to bite off more than you can chew when that beautiful new dream car is beckoning from the showroom floor.
Once you have determined your budget and assessed your needs, it is time to start looking at makes and models that are potentially a good fit. Automotive authority sites like http://www.edmunds.com/ and http://www.motortrend.com/ offer non-partial reviews and recommendations for all new models. These sites as well as http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/index.htm are useful in giving you a clear picture of professional and public opinion on any new car. Your research should include a comparison between vehicles within the same class. Although you have your heart set on a specific model, it is a good idea to see how it stacks up to the competition before you take a test drive.
When your research is complete, it is finally time for a test-drive. Call or email the dealership internet department in advance to set up an appointment. Pre-set test-drive appointments save time and guarantee that the model you are interested in will be available to drive when you arrive. During your test-drive focus on how you will really use your new car and drive like you would everyday. If you drive on steep inclines, find a hill to climb. If you are a commuter, drive the car on the highway and in stop-and-go traffic.. If you navigate tight parking spaces, find one and see how well the car can maneuver into small spots. Check out the sound system to make sure it is to your liking, then turn the radio off and listen to the engine and cabin noise. Be sure take a minute to sit in the back seat to see how comfortable your passengers will be and examine the cargo space. If you plan on use a carseat, bring it with you to try out the installation.
Overall, the most important thing to remember when you are shopping fora new car is that you are in control. Car Dealerships like Ed Voyles Honda are here to help you find and finance the perfect car or truck that you will love to drive for years to come. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you conduct the research needed to find your next vehicle.