You need to do your RESEARCH before actually buying or signing any contract. Buying a car requires some due diligence on the part of the buyer even before approaching a dealership. Here are five questions you need to ask the dealership before buying a car.
1. What is the car history?
Issues related to the history of the car are major if not the most important thing to consider. You need to ask who the car was purchased from and follow up on the car’s maintenance record. Ask for the pre-certification inspection done by a reputable mechanic. Having a certified car will give you insight into the state of the car.Ask for a CarFax report
You are assured that a reliable dealership will have no problem with providing you a CarFax report of the car. Inability to give you one smells something not right. You can verify by checking the Vehicle Identification number VIN to ensure it matches that in the document.
2. Ask to test drive?
Check if you’ll be allowed to take the car for a test drive within 100 miles. You will need to provide your insurance and promise to get the tank replenished for the use. A test drive can give you a firsthand experience on the car you intend buying, helping you to make a good judgment.
3. How much is the cash price purchase?
You need to realize that money is made off financing but you save some percentage when you pay cash down. A dealership should be able to lower cost if you are paying right away because you save them a whole lot of work. Let your money work for you. Ask for new equipment such as a complete set of tires or a new timing belt as part of your purchase.
4. What is the return policy?
You may not get this everywhere but customer friendly dealership will offer you the window for you to return over a period in case you rethink the purchase but there won’t be cash back.
5. What is the warranty coverage?
Too many people drive freshly purchased cars off the lot and have no idea what the warranty coverage consists of. Every warranty will differ by manufacturer, model and year of the car, so it’s important to have the dealer go over the details of your coverage, including any exclusions – this will give you a better sense of what you will and won’t have to pay for future car repairs