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Want to Buy a Car Stress Free? 4 Smart Steps to Take

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 26, 2013 | Categories: Guest Posts, Tips

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Purchasing a car is one of the most stressful and agonizing purchases that you’ll make. Dealing with the dealership or seller can be even more aggravating when it comes time to determining if the car is in excellent shape and haggling over a final price. The following four tips will help your car purchase to be easy and stress-free.

1. Check Your Credit

Before you begin the car shopping process, you need to determine the price that you can afford to pay for a car. There are a number of online resources, such as smartasset.com, where you can check your credit standing. This will allow you to see if there are any blemishes on your credit history, what type of credit rating you have and how much money you qualify for if you’re obtaining a loan. If you notice any discrepancies, you can immediately deal with them.

2. Do Research

It’s best to know what you’re looking for before you begin your search. The Internet has a host of sites that can be beneficial to you in your search, so it’s best to look around before you do any legwork. This will help you obtain information online that will help determine if there are any recalls or problems with that particular vehicle.

You can also obtain helpful information in regards to the price. The amount you pay will be dependent on the year, make and condition of the car. Being a wise consumer will come in handy when you begin to negotiate a price with the seller, and they realize that you are knowledgeable on the topic.

3. Take A Test Drive

A vehicle has to meet your specific needs, and you need to test drive the car to see how it handles. Whether the vehicle is new or old, the seller should be able to give you pertinent information about its history. They should also give you a rundown of everything that it can do, and its safety features. A test drive can determine if it has enough power, visibility, room and how it handles the road. Mileage and gas efficiency are other important features that can help a budget-conscious individual.

4. Do An Inspection

You should check the vehicle out thoroughly before its purchase. This includes inspecting it on your own and having a trained professional assess the car for problems or defects. When purchasing a used car, you can get a detailed history of a vehicle immediately through CARFAX. The report contains important information that includes Lemon history, odometer reading, history on the vehicle’s accidents and vehicle registration. It can also have important information that pertains to any recalls, service, repairs and structural damage.

If a seller is reluctant to have a report run on their vehicle, there may be something fishy going on, and you need to look elsewhere.

Finding the ideal vehicle that is reliable and cost efficient can be a challenging task. Dealing with the seller, negotiating a fair price and making sure you’re not buying a lemon can make the process even more stressful. By following the above tips, you’re sure to enjoy a smooth and pleasant transaction.

Understanding how stressful buying a new vehicle can be for a consumer, Nadine Swayne presents these helpful tips. Try visiting sites online to get the information you need regarding the car and your credit standing to make your purchase a breeze!

19 Responses to Want to Buy a Car Stress Free? 4 Smart Steps to Take

  1. We got a new car this year, and for the first time, we used the buying service offered through Costco. We didn’t have to haggle (although, we did get them to toss in a few accessories and some free fuel). Prior to signing on the dotted line, we did some research on average prices paid in our area and found that we were getting a great deal. It made the whole process much easier.

  2. Mellisa says:

    Buying a new car can be really stressful. Thanks for the tips.

  3. LyndaS says:

    That’s good advice. I hope it’s a while before we need to purchase a new (or used) vehicle.

  4. Nadine says:

    The shopping clubs can make things easier. I always compare as much as I can!=)

  5. Corina Ramos says:

    You would think purchasing a new car would be exciting but it can be stressful…at least for me it is.

    I hate the going back and forth with the salesman and of course my husband loves the haggling…are all hubbies like this or just mine LOL 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these tips…I’m actually thinking of getting a new car so these tips came right on time :).

    Have a great weekend ladies!

  6. HilLesha says:

    My husband and I bought a car a few months ago. It wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be. 🙂

  7. stefanie says:

    I will be looking for a new car soon. Thanks for the tips. I need all the help I can get.

  8. We need to buy a new car, mine is 12 years old and dying on me…but I worry I’ll overpay.

  9. A test drive is a must when you’re buying a new car!

  10. I’m hoping to start this process next year!

  11. We *never* remember to have an inspection or get a CarFax. Ugh!

  12. We always forget to inspect the car we’re buying, but we haven’t had any problems so far.

  13. I’ve never purchased a car. My dad bought all my cars until I met my husband, then he took over. At some point in my life, I would like to buy a car, on my own, without anyone helping.

  14. I was so nervous the first time I bought a car! Great tips!

  15. Lolo says:

    Dealing with a car salesman is stressful enough! lol

  16. We are in the market for a new car and I just don’t like the shopping around part!

  17. Lisa says:

    Also, make sure you know how much you can afford!

  18. Marcie W. says:

    We are currently on the hunt for a new work car for my husband. Since he’s a mechanic and we have cash on hand, you would think things would be easy. It is the many people who feel their used car is worth more than gold that is the problem.

  19. Nadine says:

    My truck is still puffin’ about so hopefully I won’t have to go play hardball with the dealerships! My dad and mom taught me the art of the deal and haggling! I lucked out!

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