A rushed decision is a bad decision when buying a new vehicle

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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What steps should I take to buy a new car?

Most financial experts will say that impulse buying of any kind isn’t a terribly smart idea. This goes double for buying a new vehicle. For most customers visiting the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom, their vehicle is going to be among their most important and valuable asset. If you’re thinking it’s time to make an upgrade to your daily driver, you should be thinking, ‘What steps should I take to buy a new car,’ long before you make your first visit to our, or any dealership. Our team of product experts wrote this short guide to get you started on a successful path that will hopefully end with you driving back home in a new Mazda sedan, hatchback or crossover SUV from our showroom.

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Before you leave the house

There is plenty of homework that needs to be done before you accomplish your goal of getting a new vehicle. The first thing you need to do is consider what you and your family’s specific needs. Do you have a few kids? A crossover SUV could be for you. Are you looking for something that will be comfortable and efficient on your long commute to work? One of our sedans or hatchbacks could be the answer. Is your nest currently empty or will be very soon? This could be the year you finally get a sports car.

Once you’ve answered those questions, you can start the vehicle research part of the buying cycle. Gwatney Mazda of Germantown hosts a lot of free resources on our website that will make learning everything you need to know about our inventory as easy to find and understand as possible.

Obviously, we’d love to work with you, but the most important thing in the research process is to educate yourself about every vehicle that might meet your needs. From there, you can winnow down the list before you visit the dealership.

At the dealership

It is entirely understandable that you’re going to have a lot of questions about the vehicles you’ve been reading about. Our team of product experts can answer all of them. In order to make sure you have as much time as possible to work with one of our representatives, make an appointment and be sure to let us know exactly what you want to do.

When you’re ready to take a test drive, it’s important to learn as much as you can when you get a chance to see the vehicle you’re interested in owning. This means taking your time with the vehicle. Sit in all the seats. Reach for the various buttons and levers you and your passengers will be using for the next several years. Take a look inside the trunk and available cargo areas. Make sure this will be enough room.

Getting ready for financing

If you’ll be using your current vehicle as a trade-in, this is a good time to have it extensively detailed. All vehicles suffer from chipped paint and cracked lenses on the headlights and taillights. Get these fixed before you trade it into us. You can also use our free trade-in calculator to see where you stand and get a clearer idea of how much equity you may be working with.

Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions along the way if we can be of help. Our product and financing experts are ready to handle any problems that might pop up along the way.

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