Having your own car provides you with an unmatched level of convenience in terms of transport, and also allows you more freedom, mobility, and independence. However, there will come a time where your current vehicle needs to be replaced even if it’s still working — it’s possible that, due to its age and mileage, your car may require more frequent repairs and maintenance, or perhaps your family has grown, and you need to have a car with a bigger seating capacity. Whichever the case, buying your next/replacement car can be quite expensive, and you’ll want to find ways to save on the purchase.
As such, we’ll be taking a look at tips to help you get the replacement car you need and save money in the process:
#1 Be Patient
When you’ve finally decided on a replacement vehicle, don’t rush into it (if you’re looking to save money). You may need to do more research, negotiations, and comparisons, but it will all be worth it when you get your ideal car at a bargain. By waiting until you find the best deal, you’ll also give yourself enough time to gather the funds you need (or find the best financing option). And, speaking of timing, you may want also want to ask around online (or with friends who have insider knowledge on car dealerships and trading) about end-of-month/period quotas for car salespersons, as they’re more likely to be more flexible with haggling when they’re trying to hit their sales goals for that month or period.
#2 Research and Compare Prices
First off, you’ll need to know what type of car you want, its features, and its specifications. After that, it’s time for you to search online for models that meet your requirements to create your shortlist of ideal vehicles. Next, and more importantly, you should compare prices for your shortlisted vehicles at as many dealerships as you can. Not only would this help you spot the best deal, but it can also give you an idea of your chosen vehicle’s price range, which you can use later on when negotiating.
#3 Never Hesitate to Negotiate
Whether it’s with an official car dealership or a used car dealership, you should always try to haggle the price to get the lowest price possible. If you’ve done your research properly, your chances of negotiating a lower price would be a lot better, especially if you’re going for a used car. Used cars for sale are often in good condition, but you can haggle the price even lower if you (or your mechanic) can spot any flaws.
#4 Choose Pre-owned Instead of Brand New
Buying a pre-owned vehicle can be a lot cheaper than buying a new one, and can save you thousands of dollars. But when doing so, it’s vital to ensure that it’s in good shape and has no (or minimal). Most used car dealers would guarantee that the vehicles are certified to have undergone inspection and full maintenance. However, it’s still recommended that you take it for a test drive, and also have your mechanic inspect it for problems and issues. With any luck, you’ll end up driving a used SUV in near-perfect condition through the roads of Phoenix, AZ.
#5 Deciding Between Selling vs. Trading-in
You can use your new car to help finance the purchase of your next one, and you can do so either by trading it in with the dealer or selling it. Trading-in can be a lot more convenient, and some dealers may even accept it as a down payment for the purchase of the replacement vehicle. However, more often than not, you’ll be able to earn more money by selling your car instead of trading it with your dealer, but it may take a longer time to do so. One thing you should remember is that you’ll want to have the current value of your car assessed to ensure that you’re selling or trading it in for the right price.
The Bottom line
It may take a lot of time and effort, but with these money-saving tips, you’ll be able to get your much-needed replacement car without costing you an arm and a leg.