A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying a New Car

January 11th, 2023 by

How To Streamline Your Car Buying Process

For most consumers considering a new car, they have two options: purchasing from a private owner or visiting a local dealership with pre-certifications. There’s never been a better time to buy a new car from a dealership — and the process doesn’t have to be a hassle! With our guide to buying a new car, you can walk in and out of the dealership feeling confident that you got the best deal on the perfect vehicle for you. Read on to discover our expert tips on how to buy a new car!

Before You Visit The Dealership

You want to spend your money wisely when you buy a new car. Before you even think about visiting a dealership, you have some legwork to do!

Research Your Options

Unlike used car dealerships, new car dealerships typically only sell one make of car. For example, you’ll go to a Kia dealership to buy a Kia, while you’ll look for a Ford at a Ford dealership. However, some local dealerships are exceptions to this rule, and carry a wide variety of both used and new inventory for shoppers. In North Carolina, many KIA dealerships, including Burlington Kia, are committed to providing shoppers with the best deal possible.

To conduct efficient research, look for a guide to buying a new car of the make and model you are interested in! This way, you get more specific information about the car, and you can browse online to find out what people say about the particular vehicle you want. You’ll find answers to questions like: Are people happy with it? What add-ons do they recommend? What are the pitfalls they’re pointing out? To get a good idea of how your choice of vehicle will perform on the road, it’s always a good idea to talk to daily drivers.

Finally, once you have narrowed down your options, contact the dealership to confirm that they have the car you want in stock. You can do this by visiting the dealership in person, calling them on the phone, or emailing them.

Decide if You Want to Lease or Finance

Furthermore, it would be best if you also decided whether you want to lease or finance your new car, unless you are paying cash. Leasing and financing have different advantages and disadvantages, so read them carefully to determine which option is better for you.

Related: A Step-by-Step Guide to Financing Your Next Car

At The Dealership

There’s a lot of inventory to look at when you’re at the dealership. You will want to look at things in the dealership’s showroom, but expand your horizons by asking to be shown more vehicles on the lot. In addition to seeing the inventory available, you can take some time to explore the service department. You must understand the necessity of keeping your vehicle in good repair, and have a service provider you can trust.

What To Bring

When you visit the dealership, bring along any necessary documents, such as your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and proof of income. These documents determine your financing eligibility if you choose to finance your purchase at the dealership.

You should also bring a calculator with you if you don’t plan on using the calculator app on your phone – be ready to do some math when it’s time to negotiate the sale!

Test Drive

Before you settle on a car, you need to test drive it. Sometimes, you can learn more from a quick drive than from hours of research. Pay particular attention to your comfort and how well you can see out of the vehicle. If you aren’t going to be the only driver of the car – for example, if you’re sharing the car with your spouse – you should both drive it and see your comfort levels.

During this period, you should also learn about any particular maintenance concerns; for example, electric vehicles may have different maintenance practices than your current car.

Terms of Sale

Once you have secured financing (if necessary), you can negotiate the terms of the sale with the dealership. This may include the price of the car, any additional features or accessories you want to add, and the financing terms (if applicable).

New cars can come with many add-ons, some of which you may find necessary; others you may not. This is another area where some research beforehand can come in handy – look for a guide to buying a new car of your preferred type and see what other people recommend.

You should feel comfortable taking the time to work the figures out and to ask about every charge. Ask for the list of fees to be itemized in detail; you have the right to know what you’re paying for.

The Purchase Contract

After you have agreed to the terms of the sale, you will need to sign a purchase contract and pay for the car. Depending on the dealership’s policies, this can typically be done by cash, check, or credit card.

Finally, once you have paid for the car and signed the necessary documents, you can take delivery of the car and start enjoying your new vehicle!

Shop For Your New Car at Burlington Kia

We hope this blog serves as a helpful resource as you begin to research how to buy a new car! At Burlington Kia, we strive for every customer to have an enjoyable and stress-free car buying experience. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking for a new vehicle via our website or by clicking the button below. We look forward to watching you drive away in your new car!!

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