This post made possible by Edmunds.com. All opinions are my own.
Many families are planning last minute road trips, to enjoy a little family bonding time before the kids head back to school. We’re planning a road trip ourselves. We’ll be going to Colorado in the near future, with all three kidlets. With that in mind, I thought it’d be fun to take the Edmunds car personality quiz.
If YOU were a CAR, what would you look like?
My key car-acteristics are: practical, conventional, reliable, simple, leisurely, thrifty, versatile, sporty, and indulgent.
Yup, pretty much nailed that one!
In addition to being a prime time for last minute road trips, it is also one of the most popular times of the year to look for a new vehicle. Whether you are looking for something to stand up to the winter roads around you, or are expanding your family and need something to accommodate everyone, here are a six tips for buying your new car…
- Do your research. There are reliable sites (like Edmunds.com) that supply a wealth of information on rebates and incentives, car reviews, pricing, and car makes and models in addition to negotiating techniques.
- Take your time when shopping for a car. Don’t rush into anything. Unless you hitchhiked to the car lot, chances are, you have time to go home and think about it. Do that.
- Shop multiple dealers BEFORE you make a purchase. Don’t be afraid to let the dealers you’re shopping from know that you have just been to the dealership down the street and are going to the next one when you leave there. Make them compete for your business.
- Get an online price quote! Many dealers offer them (though they may take 2-3 days) and you can use them as leverage when you stop by the dealerships.
- If you have a trade-in, know the value of it and what several dealers are willing to offer you for it.
- Know what your new insurance rate will be BEFORE you sign on the dotted line. A quick call to your insurance agent will let you know what your new rate should be and whether or not you’ll need gap insurance. You may drop $50 off your monthly car payment, but if your insurance goes up $100, is it still within your budget?