The in’s and Outs of Purchasing (or Leasing) Cars


Doing your due diligence before visiting a car lot is easily more than half the battle. You can know right away what you are looking for, if they have it, all the details surrounding it, the lot’s reputation, your budget, and all the warning signs to look for. You can also go ahead and get preapproved for a loan. All of this before you ever set foot on a lot. Many walk into a dealership indecisively. They do not prepare and just go with the flow. Not a good idea in a market trying to sell you something. If you are looking for a new car here are some vital steps to follow to ensure success.


Research is a key factor in any decision. In the case of a car lot it is used to vet the company. You can also use research to see if they have what you want. A simple internet search will provide you with information, consumer reviews, and databases for car sellers. Anyone of these will either have grateful consumers raving, or disgruntled consumers ranting. You can find out if a dealer is trustworthy or not right there. You should also research the dealership’s shop. Odds are they may fit you with a warranty so you want to see if their service department is good enough to accommodate it. You can look up a dealerships financial information too and their business methods. Are you trying to lease a car? You can find out what dealerships provide that. Research also has to take into account your financial status. A simple search for a Lexus for lease New York NY, will provide you with all the dealerships in your area,

Decide First

The second part of research is the car itself. It is always a good idea to know what you want beforehand. If your want is general there will be cars on any lot that will suffice. If your car is specific you will want to check to see if the dealer even has it. Deciding on a car also allows for homework. What is the track record of the car? What is its gas mileage? You can know the answers to all of these questions before you hit the lot putting you at a significant advantage.


When you inspect, inspect everything. Look at the interior and exterior of the car, and then take it for a test drive. Inspect all the inclusions within the contract as well. If you have the slightest doubt about the vehicle do not get it. Remember, car dealerships will always try to up sell you. Sometimes the extras they offer are included in the contract and are easy to miss. Always look the contract over. Never sign up for extras you will not use.

Whether you lease of buy you want the best deal. An affordable vehicle that is dependable. Following this steps will help in that endeavor and make you a force to be reckoned with.

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