After doing your research and it's time to head to the dealership, there are some questions you'll want answered. Asking the right questions will help make the car buying process go smoothly and ensure the transaction goes according to plan. Here are four of those questions.
4 Important Questions to Ask at the Car Dealership
Today's consumer can be more informed than ever before thanks to the wealth of information available on the internet. Buyers can research dealership inventories, read car reviews, and figure out what they want before even stepping onto a dealer lot. But once you do, there are some questions you are going to want to ask before signing any paperwork.
- Can I see a vehicle history report?
Used vehicle shoppers are going to want to see a vehicle history report from a third party. CarFax and AutoCheck tend to be the most trusted and informational sources. Many dealers have these available and ready for potential buyers to see. If a car has suffered serious damage from a previous accident or has a rebuilt or salvage title, it would certainly be in your best interest to move on. On the other hand, if it has extensive service records, you may be pleased to learn the vehicle has been well cared for. Make sure that the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car and the one on the report match.
- Where did the used vehicle come from?
Dealerships can acquire used vehicles in a number of ways: from trade-ins, auctions, rental car fleets or from other dealers. Vehicle history reports should contain information on ownership history, but it's still good to ask. There are several benefits to knowing where the vehicle came from. For example, it can help you obtain an accurate maintenance history, as dealers are more likely to keep detailed service records. Others may not be thrilled with the idea of buying a former rental car.
- Can I take a test drive?
You should always take a test drive as part of your pre-purchase process. Cars are a big financial commitment, and it's important to get a feel for one before deciding to buy it. See if the seats are comfortable, see if your kids will have space in the back seat, see how it handles, etc. Think about your driving needs and mold your test drive around them. If you have a highway commute, take it out on the freeway; if you live in a city, try parallel parking it; or do whatever else you would require from your daily driver. Also, you are going to want to check every button, knob, system, light, wiper, control, etc.
- Are there any fees that I should know about before we begin?
Finding out how much the car costs, including fees and licensing, is important. It will keep you focused on the actual cost of the car instead of just the monthly payments, which is especially important for buyers with less than perfect credit. You should expect to pay sales tax, state licensing and title fees plus the dealership documentation fee. Find out how much each is and decide how you want to pay for them. Sometimes, it is possible to have them rolled into a loan (which means you are paying interest on them), while other situations will call for them to be paid for up front.
These four questions represent a few things you are going to want to get to the bottom of, but there is no end to the list of questions you may want answered. Ask away until you have all of the information you need in order to feel comfortable moving forward with the process.
Getting the Process Started when you have Bad Credit
For potential car buyers that have less than perfect credit, it can be tough to find a dealership that is capable of working with their situation. Luckily, Auto Credit Express specializes in helping these people find auto financing.
If you have bad credit, thin credit, or no credit, we can help you find a dealership in your area that specializes in helping people in unique credit situations. We can help you too if you begin the process by completing our free and secure online application.