How to buy a car in 5 steps
Buying a car is a big decision. Thankfully, a quick online search can give you a good starting point. However, once this search begins, prepare to be flooded with advertisements - and let’s face it, too many options has always been more confusing than helpful.
So, here’s a quick 5-step list you can refer to whenever you want to shop for a car - now or in the future - without the distractions.
First begin by answering one question: do I want a new car or used car?
From here, read the column that applies to you.
Looking for a starting point? Begin your search by selecting your city or province. HeyAuto will display an extensive inventory of available cars listed by dealerships near you. From there, you can either view each car, or narrow your search by adding filters such as make, model, trim, or body type along with any other features you like - you can be as specific or as vague as you want. Review photos, details, and features provided for each vehicle, and shortlist at least three cars to test drive.
Once you have a vehicle in mind, the next step is to consider how much you are willing to spend on it and how you will be paying for it. You can either apply for a car loan from a bank, finance the car through the dealership, or use your savings. Banks will only approve loans to people with good or great credit scores. If you are one of them, then prepare for a couple of in-person appointments and (a lot of) paperwork before you are approved. Some people prefer dealing with banks and choose this option, while others find the process an inconvenience. If you are the latter, then speak directly with a car dealership, as most offer point-of-sale financing. Many of them provide comprehensive financing packages and competitive interest rates. Additionally, you can utilize the car finance calculator available on HeyAuto to get an estimate before you go down to view the vehicle and have this conversation.
This is the fun part. Some people love the cars they shortlisted, while some realize it wasn’t what they imagined or wanted - and that’s alright! This is why shortlisting at least three cars is a good backup plan. As you test drive a vehicle, get a good feel on how it handles for you on the road, do you like the way the controls are placed, are the seats to your liking, and does it fit your lifestyle needs? Another good point to having a few backup cars is so you can compare all the cars and find one that feels the best for you.
By this point you should have a clear winner in mind. If you don’t have one, then speak to the sales person about what the best car deal is and what is covered under the car warranty; this will certainly help you make that decision. Inquire after every bit of coverage they offer, such as maintenance plan, paint protection, etc. Use this time to ask all about the “what if’s” for your car so you know who to turn to should there be any damage to the vehicle.
Once the dealership has put your mind at ease, it’s time to take your new car home! Before you do, have the salesperson walk you through the car and its features - let’s be honest, not many read the car manual.
How much are you willing to spend on a used car? This is an important question to answer because used car prices can range anywhere from $5,000 to upwards of $30,000. Unlike the new car search, begin your search by selecting the “price” on HeyAuto’s platform first. This will display every car within your budget. From there you can further filter by car make, model, trim, or body type along with any other feature you want. Review the list and pick at least three cars to test drive.
You can either find a vehicle by searching for “car dealerships near me” and select a car from a single dealership’s inventory. Or find the car you want from across various dealership and see which one is giving you the best deal.
This is one of the most important bits when buying a used car. Vehicle history will reveal how well a car was taken care of by its previous owner. In fact, there’s a whole list of questions to ask dealerships when buying a used vehicle to ensure it is in good condition.
Test driving a used car is slightly different than testing a new car. In addition to learning how a car handles for you on the road, your preferences on how the controls are placed, and comfort of the seats, you are also testing for functionality. Here are all the important top tips on test driving a used car including looking out for engine and brake noises. Ask the dealership for service records and review all work that has been done on it to learn about problem-areas and prepare for future fixes.
You can either apply for a car loan from a bank, finance the car through the dealership, or use your savings. Banks will only approve loans to people with good or great credit score. If you are one of them, then prepare for a couple of in-person appointments and (a lot of) paperwork before you are approved. Some people prefer dealing with banks and choose this option, while others find the process an inconvenience. If you are the latter, then directly speak with a car dealership as most of them offer point-of-sale financing. Many offer comprehensive financing packages and competitive interest rates. Additionally, you can utilize the car finance calculator available on HeyAuto to get an estimate before you actually go down to view the vehicle and have this conversation.
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