Whether you’re buying your first car, or trading in a car to purchase a new one, there are some steps you can take to make the process less stressful. Buying a new car is a large investment, so you want to be sure about the decision you make. Here are some things we recommend doing while you’re in the process of looking for a new car to buy.
Research Model Comparisons
Even if you’re absolutely certain which model you want, it’s important to do research into other models from other manufacturers within the same class. You may find that there are features on different models that you prefer, and comparing the models may lead you down a different path than you were originally thinking.
You can do model comparisons yourself, by looking at the specifications on manufacturer’s websites. There are also auto magazines and websites that do model comparisons that you can look at. The best rule of thumb is to do some heavy research yourself so that you’re looking at the features and specifications that are important to you.
Look For Safety Reports
Before you buy, look at the safety reports on the vehicles you’re looking to buy. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is responsible for rating the safety of vehicles, and will likely have a report on the model you’re looking to purchase.
If you’re looking to purchase a brand new vehicle without these independent safety rating tests yet, do some research into the safety features that come standard on the model. Likely other models from that manufacturer have these features, and those features have been rated.
Generational Model Comparisons
It isn’t very frequently that a new model is vastly different from the previous generation. While this does occur, very frequently if you want a brand new car you’ll get almost identical features in the previous generation of the vehicle – at a cheaper price.
Look for reviews and comparison pieces that compare one generation of a model to another, so that you can see what is new with the newer generation. If the new features aren’t things you are absolutely certain you need, opting for the previous generation may be the most economic decision.