My wife and I have two cars, one of which is nearing the end of its life. So, we’re in the market for a new vehicle. My wife would like one that functions better in the snow when we’re up north in the winter, and we both want to get a brand new car that will be reliable and safe for years to come. We’ve decided on a mid-size SUV that checks all the boxes.
Though we’ve already decided which vehicle we want to buy, there are still many things we need to take into account before making the actual purchase.
My wife and I currently live in Florida. We visited a nearby dealership last week and looked at our chosen SUV. After test driving it and talking with the associate, we discovered that they don’t have many four-wheel drive options available here. In Florida, the warm weather makes them unnecessary.
The current cars we have don’t do very well in the snow, so four-wheel drive is important to us. We found that there were only three SUVs with four-wheel drive available in our area.
Thus, we’ve decided to wait until we return home this fall to make the purchase. This will allow us far more options.
The 2014 models are nearing the market, and in September, they’ll be at every dealership. When the 2014 models are released, the 2013 models come at a discounted price — typically between 10 and 20 percent off the sticker price. If we’re patient, this could save my wife and me thousands of dollars. We could still get a brand new vehicle, but at a much cheaper price.
Another thing to keep in mind is the time of the month, week, and even day that you go to the dealership. Towards the end of the month, the salespeople need to meet their numbers, so they may be more willing to give you a better deal. They’re also more willing to bring the price down when there are less people at the dealership. This is during the middle of the week, typically right when the dealership opens. My wife and I plan on heading to the dealership at these times.
It’s a common misconception that the price on the window is the price you need to pay. All of these numbers are negotiable. By going at the right time, you’ll set yourself up to get the best price.
When my wife and I go in September, we’ll have more bargaining chips because the dealer will want to get the old models off the lot. This means that we’ll be able to decide what we want included in the car, as well as tell the dealer that we’re unwilling to pay for other extras. Knowing what price is our maximum will also be important.
What Will You Do?
Buying a new car is a big decision. Ensuring that you’re shopping for the right vehicle is vital. Once you’ve decided what you want, shopping in the right place, and at the right time, can help you land a great deal.
What experiences do you have with buying a new car?
Editor's Note: Did you know about the service called $5 meal plans? For $5 a month, they send you recipes of delicious, healthy, yet cheap food that costs just $5 a meal.
Several of my friends signed up and they are able to eat at home more because the instructions are easy to follow, making everything convenient. The deal also comes with grocery shopping lists, which saves them so much time. Check it out yourself by clicking here and you too may be able to save more and become healthier at the same time.