Purchasing Your First Car: Where to Start
To make your 1st car choice easy-going, first define the model you are interested in.
Forget for a second about that black hammer you saw last week and be realistic, start from thinking over the following:
- What is the car lifespan? For how many years roughly you are buying it?
- Are you planning mostly city driving? Or mostly in suburbs?
- What about care and maintenance? Think over costs for each option.
- Where is the service station? Is it easily reachable? Where the car parts can be found if necessary?
- Decide of whether you need the big or the small car.
- Is the price affordable for you?
If not too much aware of all that overwhelming technical information provided from dealers, please review the list of technical parameters you probably need to think of first before buying your first car (if you have no idea what to start from), besides the price and safety: production (year), luggage boot, engine size, fuel consumption and engine power. Most of the technical information can be taken from auto-catalogues or on-line resources. Start rather from the look and price not from technical parameters.
- Do not go for the cheapest and the most expensive options. There are a lot of European, American, Japanese or Korean that cars posted on dashboards.
- Think over the type of fuel you are comfortable with. (Gas powered cars will have higher costs for gasoline but obviously less for service maintenance).
- Restyled car vs standard model: think a second which one is the best one for you.
- When buying used car, try to check it on the service station (on the stand): very rarely it happens that dealers trying to sell cars that were damaged from the flood waters. Try to find out where is the car originally from (if not American), why it was sold, and how much is the mileage.
- Check the look (external interior) for the rust.
- For used cars: we would suggest you to open the capote and check the state of electric wires (look for the signs of leaks and rust).
- After that ask dealer to start up the ignition and if the sound is soft, that means that it’s 90% everything is OK with your car. Check if every button is working at dashboard, if there is any strange sound when driving.
Tips for Purchasing Used Cars
Avoid showing your interest or praising particular model ahead, I would better suggest you to talk with the dealer concerning minor defects you have noticed. Always let the dealer know that you may change your mind any time. Try to ask for lower price based on the drawbacks found. And the main rule: if you have not caught the sight of some car from the first glance, I would suggest to pass by and not to buy car under pressure.
What to Look For in Used Cars
- Check the engine, the body condition as well as the hanger condition. The easiest way to find the rust is checking the boot floor. If, on some reasons you were not allowed to check the body floor, take care and look over your shoulder. Please note, sometimes polishes hide rust.
- Try to avoid buying cars damaged in accident. The payoff here is that your car can be infirm thus requiring new wheels more often. To get rid of the situation to buy that car which used to have Idaho Title Loans on it, check the car body for gapping spacers on the doors, windows and other irregularities. Check it by sampling the diagonals (should be equal). If you find the car with original (factory) painting, that would be perfect, because in this case you see all the defects of the body. We go over this in depth in BHPH Sales Training.