The Best Way to Buy a New Car

Step 3: Test drive your selected car model.

Visit a local car dealer that has in stock the car model you chose, and take a test drive. Do not discuss pricing; just tell the salesman that you are thinking about buying this car model and would like to test drive the car to make sure it handles well. After the test drive, thank the salesman for helping you, and leave the dealership; do not discuss prices.

If your test drive was successful, go ahead with the process of purchasing this car model. On the other hand, if you didn’t like the car, start again from Step 1 and choose another car model.

Step 4: Color

Most car models come in several exterior and interior colors. Color of the car is definitely an issue that is not worth fighting about. The color of the car won’t affect the utility of the car. Many times, dealers have in stock a particular color they want to get rid off; by accepting that color, you can save lots of money.

So here are my recommendations:

  • Go with the lowest cost trim of the model you plan to buy.
  • Don’t insist on a particular exterior color.
  • Don’t insist on a particular interior color.

In any case, you can proceed with the process of buying a car on the internet even if you don’t follow these recommendations. The car will cost you more, but still less than walking into a dealership.

Step 5: The Internet search

Finally, we are ready to approach the internet. Open your browser and perform an internet search using the terms “cars online” (without quotes); you can use any search engine, such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. From the search results, choose three to five websites that deal with buying new cars online.

Your search might also turn up articles that list good websites for buying new cars online. If these articles are from renown and reliable publications, you can use some (or all) of the websites they recommend.

At the end of this step, you should have three to five websites through which you can buy new cars online.
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