Over the weekend, I bought a new car. I am so pleased to be the proud owner of a Hyundai Tucson. This has been the car I wanted since very early this year. She drives like a dream let me tell you. I seriously couldn’t be happier with the purchase. I realize though that it isn’t easy to buy a car as a lady. Early this year, I test drove a ton of cars. Okay, maybe just 15 or so, but you learn you really quickly how you’re gonna be treated at the dealership. It was going to be my car, but I was out looking with my Beeble. Most of the salespeople would speak to him instead of me, or they would ask him about features instead of me. It was annoying. I don’t think they realize how much it can turn a woman off the car buying process. Of course for me the car buying process was already annoying just on the sheer fact I know very little about cars. I know when I can feel something wrong with it while I’m driving it or if it’s leaking something, but I have no clue what’s wrong with it the majority of the time. I’ve been lucky in that I found a very trustworthy mechanic in LA pretty early on in my stay here, and I have been with him ever since. It made buying a new car even that much more stressful since I’d have to trust new people will it for awhile. That being said there are several tips and tricks I learned along the way that I’d like to share with you.
1. Test drive lots of cars.
You want to make sure you’re getting a car that you’ll be happy to drive. I enjoyed the fact I was able to take Beeble with me, because it helped me to talk to someone about the features I liked and/or didn’t like in any vehicle. It also helped me judge the salesperson. I ended up buying the car from the one salesperson who spoke to me and made it clear that he thought the decision was going to ultimately be mine. It also helped that he was the guy who didn’t call me 100 times asking when I was going to come in and purchase. If you live in LA and want to buy a car, I’ll be glad to give you his information. Once you’ve found the car of your dreams, you’ll want to move to the next step.
2. Look into car buying services.
We used USAA. I have the insurance because my mom was in the United States Navy, and I couldn’t be happier with it. If you don’t have access to USAA, which got us a great deal, you can use True Car or Costco. I’m sure there are a few others that I don’t know about, but I can guarantee you that they’ll get you the best price. You only need to put in the information you want and it’ll come back with a list of places to buy it and the cheapest prices.
3. Check out the dealerships the car buying services give you.
This doesn’t mean you have to buy from them. I checked out the ones with the lowest prices and talked to their salespeople. I wanted a salesperson I could trust and that was willing to treat me like the potential owner of their car. I wasn’t willing to settle for less. You shouldn’t be either. Go to the dealership and test drive your dream car a few more times. You’ll be kind of upset that you aren’t just buying it yet, but I promise that it will pay off in the end to wait a little bit.
4. Wait for a holiday.
There are a ton of car buying holidays. This means sales! You can check the ads for the local area and recheck your car buying service. Call the salesperson you liked the most and see if he can match your deal. I had located 2 sales on the car I wanted, and I was determined to buy on the Memorial Day weekend. I looked at the car buying service again, and I had a weekly ad from another location. We called my favorite salesperson, and we figured out how to make a deal. I’ll warn you though don’t be fooled by the weekly flyers since they’ll usually end up including rebates that you won’t qualify for at all. You’ll still have a good price from the car buying service.
5. Go in at closing time.
All salespeople want to get out of there as close to on time as possible. Beeble and I showed up at 8PM on a Friday to purchase from our favorite salesperson, and he was in a hurry. We took a quick test drive and then went back and started the paperwork. The dealership was definitely willing to make a deal and give in quite a bit to the demands. We wanted so much for my trade-in and we came in with a certain price. It was now only a matter of financing. I had several options going in, and I was pleased with the result.
6. Enjoy your new ride.