Top 4 Car Buying Mistakes To Avoid
Buying a vehicle is one of the biggest purchase decisions we have to make. Therefore, with such a large investment, you will want to make sure you are well prepared before making your purchase. For that reason alone, it’s best to know which mistakes to avoid when purchasing a car.
The biggest mistake you could make is not doing your homework. The internet is readily available and as such, you should be taking advantage of it. Sites like Edmonds and Kelly Blue Book offer loads of free information such as prices, reviews, ratings etc.
Sites such as CarFax offer reports that will let you know about past accidents, maintenance, and even if the car was branded a lemon. A lemon is a vehicle that turns out to have several manufacturing defects that impact its safety, utility, or value.
2. Not Knowing Your Credit Score
Knowing your credit score is very important. Your credit score determines your ability to get financing, as well as the rate you receive.
If you are not in a rush to get a car and your credit is not in top-shape, it may be in your best interest to spend some time increasing your credit score. This will improve the rate you will receive when you are ready to finance your car.
3. Falling Victim To The “Monthly Payments” Trick
This is a common practice shady car dealerships will use if the sales rep is trying to talk you into a car out of your price range. They will often tell you the price in monthly payments instead of the car’s price. This is because the deal sounds do-able by viewing the price of the car via extended monthly payments. While an extended loan term will lower your monthly payment, it will add on a significant amount of interest, causing you to pay much more for your car in total.
Spend some time digging into your finances and figuring out a total price on a car you can afford. Use this when you go into the dealership and ask the sales rep to tell you the price of the car, not the monthly price. You can use our car affordability calculator to help you determine what you can afford before you shop.
Launch FCU has a list of trusted, local dealers to help you make your car buying journey much easier. Click here for the list.
4. Not Appraising Your Trade-In
It’s best to find out the value of your trade-in before you go to the dealership. This way, if the dealership tries to low ball you, you can show them your car is worth more. Sites like Edmonds can give you an appraisal that you can print out and bring with you.
Never be afraid to say no. If you don’t think you’re getting a fair deal, then don’t proceed. You can always come back later.
- Surviving A COVID-19 Summer With Kids
- 8 Smart RV Buying Tips
- How To Celebrate The 4th of July Virtually
- 8 Financial Tips For High School Seniors
- 10 Ways to Support Local Businesses
- 9 Tips For Working Remotely
- 6 Ways To Budget During COVID-19
- Struggling To Pay Your Loans? Here’s What To Do
- How To Avoid Coronavirus Scams
- Best Places To Watch A Launch On The Space Coast
- 10 Tips To Prepare For Tax Season
- How To Raise A Money Smart Kid
- How to Avoid Bad Check Scams
- 9 Frugal Family & Date Night Ideas!
- 8 Ways to Jump Start Your 2020 Financial Resolutions
- 8 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Travel Stress
- 4 Tips On Snagging a Lower Interest Rate Mortgage
- 7 Tips for Avoid Cyber Criminals on Cyber Monday
- Avoid Gift Card Scams This Holiday Season
- Make Your Auto Loan Process Seamless: Here’s What You Need to Refinance!
- July 2020
- May 2020
- April 2020
- February 2020
- January 2020
- December 2019
- November 2019
- October 2019
- September 2019
- August 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- September 2016
- August 2016
- July 2016
- June 2016
- May 2016
- April 2016
- March 2016
- February 2016
- January 2016
- December 2015
- November 2015
- October 2015
- September 2015
- August 2015
- July 2015