Going car or truck shopping without doing analysis is like, well, taking a team in the big game without a plan.
It\’s like driving country wide without a map – or GPS device.
We were reminded of the when we happened upon Evan Griffey\’s Car Buyer\’s Checklist C 10 things everyone should consider when buying a new car on MSN Autos.
\”To enable you to navigate – the car-buying process and emerge with the most car for the money, we’ve build this checklist of what every car buyer should consider\” to assist you find a vehicle that pushes every one of your buttons without wilting your wallet,\” Griffey wrote.
However, Griffey isn\’t the only expert who offers suggestions on getting a better deal on a car.
Scott Rundle of Santander Consumer USA offered Ale negotiating the best deal on the RoadLoans.com blog, \”The Open Road,\” as well as on the SCUSA corporate blog.
\”The shopping process – can be a challenge,\” Rundle wrote, adding that there are \”some simple things you can do to get the best deal\” and urging readers to \”do your research.\”
The website autobytel, \”Your Lifetime Automotive Advisor,\” offers its own New Car Buying Tips . \”A shopping tips checklist is so you don\’t forget anything,\” says autobytel. \”You do not want to get to the dealer and home only to realize you didn\’t ask your most pertinent questions.\”
Edmunds.com and Cars.com, two well-known names from the automotive industry, also offer advice.
Edmunds provides its \”10 Steps to locating the Right Car for You,\” \”10 Steps to purchasing a New Car,\” \”Secrets of the Professional Negotiator\” and \”Guide for First-Time New-Car Buyers.\” Also online, Cars.com has \”an extensive advice section choosing and used cars, where shoppers could get information on safety issues, insurance, incentives, repairs, and resale value.\”
While there is a lot of advice on what you should do, Bankrate.com auto blogger Terry Jackson writes about 6 common car-shopping mistakes, including \”deciding too quickly\” and \”letting your guard down.\”
\”Part within the problem is that unlike many other purchases, buying a car is often an emotional rather than a rational decision,\” Jackson writes. \”Someone gets what is sometimes called \’new car fever\’ and yes it can’t be quenched until the old pair of wheels are replaced by something that’s shinier and sexier.\”
So, avoid new car fever, at least until you\’ve developed your game plan by exploring a range of sources. Loads of help is available (see above). Simply get online and search somewhat.