Whether it’s your first time or fifth, buying a car comes with a unique set of challenges and questions. In this segment of The Marc and Mandy Show, Jodi Stefanchuk of Birchwood Ford shares some advice with Mandy for women shopping by themselves for a vehicle.
Do Your Research
Before you make a big purchase such as a car, you’ll want to have some online research under your belt. Know things like whether you want a car, truck, or SUV, whether you want to purchase or simply test drive, and make sure you have an idea of pricing. Going into your initial meeting knowing your preferences and purchasing options will help you to make an informed decision and purchase with confidence.
Even if you have a concrete idea in mind of what you’d like in car, it’s a good idea to test drive a few other comparable options. If nothing else, test driving will give you more confidence in your initial pick or help you to find something that’s even better suited to your needs
If your intention is to purchase a car the day of your initial visit to the car dealership, give yourself a timeframe of at least three hours. This will give you enough time to test drive, go through the initial interview, meet with someone in finance or business officer, and get insurance for the vehicle.
Don’t Settle for the Sticker Price
The sticker price is absolutely not the price you have to walk home with. Do not feel scared to make a reasonable offer. All prices are ultimately negotiable and it doesn’t hurt to bargain.
Financing can take as little as a few hours, though depending on the dealership, financing can take a few weeks. Car dealerships tend to work directly with a range of banks to make the process as simple for you as possible.
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