Cars for Sale: How to Look for the Best One for You

Posted Saturday, Jul 29, 2023

There's nothing worse than buying a car and bringing it home only to realize in a couple of months that it wasn't quite what you wanted. The seat doesn't feel as comfortable, and the engine doesn't "purr" to you quite as it did at the dealership.

Buying a car is a lot different from driving it. In the first few months, you don't just lose a big chunk of the value of the car in depreciation but also your rose-tinted glasses. You are able to notice for exactly what it is. If your decision was practical from the start, you will probably not regret it.

But how do you ensure your decision is rational? How do you avoid getting swept off your feet by that dealer who promises you car-paradise? The key is having a list of requirements for your dream car.

Some of the inquiries you should be asking yourself are listed below;

1. Who Is Going to Use the Vehicle?

One of the first and most important considerations when buying a vehicle should be the people who will use it the most. Are you the only person who is going to use the vehicle, or do you need a family vehicle for multiple uses?

You can't get a sports car if you must drop your kids off at school daily. Even if you ignore the speed for a second, you have to take into account that most luxury sports cars are two-seaters. Make sure you get a car that matches your family's requirements.

It is best to consult your family before making this decision. Sit them down and ask them important questions or advice before visiting the dealership. Discuss the financial aspects and ensure they are in the loop.

How Will You Fund This Purchase?

Before buying a car or even looking at cars for sale at your local dealership, we recommend you visit a bank or credit union and get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved can give you a basic range to aim for. This will keep you from aiming too high for a model that you can't afford.

If you have bad credit, you may have to consider other options. Have some backups, such as a co-signer who is willing to support you or a buy here, pay here dealership that can give you a good deal. That's not all…

You must also be willing to finance the car for the next few years. This includes investing in its maintenance, oiling requirements, fuel consumption, and any required repairs, insurance, or roadside assistance. That's a lot to take in!

2. What Kind of Dealership Do You Prefer?

There are many different kinds of dealerships to choose from. Keep in mind that you can choose the affordable route and get a used car. Or you can stick to the expensive option and invest in a new car. Both have their pros and cons.

A used car is much more affordable when it comes to the money you need to pay upfront and the depreciation you can avoid in the first few years. However, a new car may fulfill your need for curb appeal in a way that a used car might not.

If you are unsure about purchasing a used car, you can look for certified pre-owned vehicles. Certifications can ensure you regarding any concerns you might have, including accidents or major repair requirements.

3. What Are You Not Looking For?

This is the hardest question to answer when you are buying a car. Glancing over multiple cars on sale can get your head spinning, but if you know what you AREN'T looking for, you may be able to narrow down your options.

Take John for an example. John doesn't want a fancy, luxury vehicle. He just wants a family car that can make the commute easier for his kids. He also doesn't need too many features that are difficult to understand as he isn't that great with technology. Plus, his vehicle must be easier to handle and must not consume a lot of fuel.

John's detailed description of what he DOES NOT want can help the dealer match him to the vehicle of his dreams. The more you explain your requirements to a dealer, the better the match you will find.

So, if you want a luxury car, make sure to ask for one. But if you just want to stick to a simple vehicle that gets the job done and is affordable in the long run, let your dealer know.

4.How Good Is the Mileage, Suspension, and Handling of the Car?

The questions that seem the most insignificant at the start of the process turn out to be the most important. This includes the car's mileage, as it is the one factor that will determine how much fuel the car consumes.

The better the car's mileage, the longer it will drive on one full tank. Moreover, other factors, such as the suspension and handling of the car, should also be checked during the first test drive.

Consider driving the car over uneven roads and checking how it responds. Feel the wheel for vibrations and look out for sounds and noticeable disturbances. You don't want to subsequently regret making the buy!

Final Thoughts

Now that you know what you should be looking for, perhaps staring at those cars for sale signs at local dealerships is not going to be that painful! It isn't that hard to find the car of your dreams. Just remember to keep your needs in mind.

Don't forget to negotiate with the dealer and avoid getting sidetracked by the other models they show you. Remember what you visited the dealership for, as that's what will ensure you walk out of the dealership satisfied with your purchase.

West Auto Sales can help you find the perfect car for YOU. Our experienced dealers only show you the cars you will be interested in and help you avoid other distractions! Contact us today.