What to Look for When Buying a New Vehicle

Buying a new car is one of the more exciting moments in a person’s life. And for most people it is the second largest purchase made outside of buying a home. So a lot of research, consideration, and time needs to be put into the decision-making, and any rash, impulsive behavior should be checked at the door.
 What to Look for When Buying a New Vehicle 
Lifestyle

First thing to consider is who you are and what kind of lifestyle you have so you can narrow down the type of vehicle to consider. If you’re a young person newly graduated from college or a young newlywed couple, a smaller, compact car might fit your budget and needs better than say a larger SUV. 

But if you plan on having kids relatively soon, then you need to think about short-term goals versus long-term ones. Save on monthly amounts now and get a small, compact car, or just have the larger minivan/SUV already purchased and ready to go once your family comes along. 

All of this initial research can be done online at Mazda Portland, so even before you step foot in the dealership you can have a short list of top vehicles to consideration. As a savvy buyer, you need to be fully prepared, because this purchase can last a few years or even more than a decade depending on whether you are leasing or financing.

Finances 

And that’s another aspect to take into account: finances. How will you be paying for this car? Do you want to lease or finance? Once you have an idea, a lot of this conversation can be had with the knowledgeable people in the financial department at Mazda Portland, and they can crunch some numbers for each scenario so you can see what each one looks like and how the numbers line up. It could all come down to this and the numbers could make your decision an easier one.
 
Talking about pricing, you absolutely need to know the invoice price and check the manufacturer’s website for any rebates and deals. Invoice price is what the dealer pays the manufacturer for the car. Timing a purchase can often save you a bit of money, but you need to know how the industry works. 

Dealers run on a month-to-month basis, and at the end of each month many dealerships will take lower offers so they can reach their goals and qualify for manufacturer bonuses. This works in your favor quite a bit, so don’t be shy about using this information.
 
If specific models and types don’t matter much to you, the end of a model year is an ideal opportunity to get good deals on remaining inventory. 

Here’s a hot tip: December, especially the last week before the new year, is typically a very slow time for car sales in general, so think about setting some time aside to hit up your Mazda Portland dealership and see what kind of deals are on the table. It’ll be worth taking some time out of your holiday schedule for.
 
Give Yourself Time

But here’s a word of caution: don’t buy a car on your first visit. Use that initial visit to look at and test-drive the car(s) that have caught your attention. Gather whatever information you need and then leave. Tell them you need a few days to think it over, and then go back. Buying a new car does involve some negotiation skills.

The Test Drive
 
This might be one of the most significant parts of the buying-a-new-car process. You’ve already considered some key things when buying a new car—price, dealership, inventory, rebates, timing, financing options, lifestyle and practicality—but the test drive is literally where it can all come together or fall apart.
 
 Below are some tips for when you do go in for that test drive you’ve been dreaming about. This will greatly help you narrow down your list to serious contenders only and you’ll be on your way to finding a new vehicle in no time!.  
 
·      Don’t test drive a vehicle you know you can’t afford. Stick to what’s in your budget and what fits your lifestyle. No point getting your heart set on something out of your budget or that simply doesn’t make sense for your family.

·      When making an appointment for your test drive, schedule a test drive for a few cars so you can do some on-the-spot comparisons within a short amount of time. This will help narrow down your choices based on comfort, feel, handling, and interior appeal.

·      If you haven’t already, get info on fuel efficiency. All the basic data will be available on a handy cheat sheet from your salesperson, so make sure to ask for that. Or, head online to get an idea in advance. If you’re doing a lot of commuting outside of the city, fuel efficiency will likely be something to keep in mind.

·      Pay close attention to comfort. It’s your test drive, your time with the car, so do what you need to do. If the salesperson won’t let you alone with the car, don’t feel pressured to hurry through your checks. Play with dials, buttons, move the seat ahead and back, get in and out of the car a few times, pay attention to window visibility; are there any awkward blind spots? Walk around the car to get a feel for it and to make sure there aren’t any scratches, dents, bumps, and rust.

·      Check the technology components. Will your phone pair easily with the car? Some technology is more intuitive than others, so it’s something to look into, especially if it isn’t your forte.
 
Buying a new car is a truly fun experience, but there’s real work to be done both before you step foot inside the dealership and after, so make sure you’re prepared and know your needs, budget, preferences, comfort, and that you’ve taken all these factors into account when finalizing your decision. 

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