So you’re ready to get your first car! Congrats, but do you really know everything that is involved with the purchase of a vehicle. To someone who is new to this world, there are a lot of important factors to consider when buying a car. Read on and learn some helpful hints and tips.

Always test drive a car before you buy it. This is true even if you’ve driven another car of the same model. It’s important to know how this exact car handles. No two cars are exactly the same. Give every car that you consider a test drive to prevent buying a lemon.

Do not rule a car out because it is lacking certain features you want. For instance, if you do not like the sound system of the car, it can always be changed. It is hard to find a car that has everything exactly the way you want it; just keep an open mind and remember that you can make these changes once the car is yours!

Ask if you can have an independent mechanic do an inspection. Use a mechanic you can trust. Do not agree to use the mechanic provided by the dealership. The mechanic can tell you if you can drive the car, and if you are paying a fair amount for it overall.

One important thing to keep in mind is the overall average value of cars in your country. By knowing the general value, you can see if the car lot where you are shopping is overcharging or not. If you feel all their prices are too high, simply move on to the next one.

Check out multiple dealerships for the car you desire. Once you select which make and model you want, don’t just stick to the closest lot. If there are multiple dealers of that brand, check them all out. Don’t forget to check out used lots as well, they often offer great bargains on cars which will drive for a long time to come.

Never agree to pay the asking price! There are few cars for sale out there that do not have some room for negotiation in the price. When you have researched the vehicle, inspected it and given it your approval, negotiate the final price based off your findings. Do not settle on a price until you are happy with your investment.

Offer to purchase a car on the spot if the dealer will meet your price requirements. Offer a price that is reasonable, usually at or slightly above invoice. Come armed with information about how you came to this price, and ask for a commitment in writing that they agree to it.

Not all dealerships and salespeople are identical. Although auto sales associates are known for using high pressure tactics, these methods are losing effectiveness. Many are finding out that happy and gentle salespeople have repeat business. If the salesperson is too aggressive, you should not hesitate to leave. There are a lot of salespeople that will be eager to work with you.

To make your negotiations go smoothly when purchasing a new car have a minimum of a twenty percent down payment saved. By having a down payment, you will be able to lower your interest rate and payments and have leverage when discussing your trade in options. You may find that you will net more savings by not trading a car in and selling it on your own.

Whenever you are in the market for a car, be it new or old, make sure you take it for a test drive. You need to get a feel for your car to see if you can picture yourself driving it day in and day out so this step cannot be emphasized enough.

Make sure you know what you are signing. Later on, you may be hit with fees you weren’t expecting, but were spelled out in the contract. By the time you start signing papers you are ready to be out on the road, but take the time to read the paperwork that you are signing before you leave.

Hopefully you haven’t been scared away with all of the information given in the article above. Yes, there is a lot to consider when purchasing a car, but when you take your time and do your research you are much more likely to end up with a car that you’ll be happy with for years to come. So go out there and get it done!

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