5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Car

10:14 AM, Apr 04, 2018
9:46 AM, Jun 12, 2019

Outside of buying a home, buying a new car is probably the most important purchase you will make in your life. But the process doesn’t have to be an intimidating one when you plan.

Here are 5 things to consider, to help ensure you’re happy when driving off the lot:

1. Decide on the right car for you.

There are so many options. A family with kids might be interested in four doors and extra leg room, making a Traverse or Equinox a better choice which provides more space than a sedan and safety features than you could image. This is an option for those needing to cart around large families. An SUV or crossover offers higher seating positions and increased visibility.

“I would say it would be a much easier and less overwhelming process if they are educated on the vehicles they are wanting to purchase,” says Miranda Bohac, business development center manager at Aztec Chevrolet Buick GMC in Beeville. “Make sure you are comparing apples to apples first. Don’t end up discouraged because you’re comparing a Ford Focus to a Chevrolet Silverado.”

2. Research. Research. Research.

Of course, you’re going to collect as much information as you possibly can regarding your vehicle interests.

“But not all sources are solid ones,” Bohac explains.

“Make sure you are getting your information from the manufacturer or the dealership’s website,” she says. “Be weary of forums and those who claim to be experts. Those are usually based off of opinions and personal experiences, and you do not know all the facts.”

Some dealers provide internet quotes and manufacturer’s websites will have rebates.

 “Also, it doesn’t hurt to read the reviews, or to cross-reference their social media sites,” Bohac says.

3. Test Drive

Kick those tires and take the vehicle out for a drive. Pay special attention to how the car accelerates brakes, turns and cruises. Your comfort in the vehicle along the ride will help you determine if the car is a good fit.

But, before the car moves, take note of its appearance and gadgets. Are the trunk and cargo areas big enough for your everyday needs? Is the driver’s seat comfortable and easy to adjust?

“Please don’t be afraid to ask questions. We want to help answer all of your questions or clarify any concerns you may have,” Bohac says.

4. Have your information on hand.

The finance process is the most crucial part of purchasing a car. There are many factors that may or may not pertain to your specific situation. Some documents you may want to keep on hand, or at the least accessible if they are requested. This would include your driver’s license, insurance, utility bill, copy of your paystub if the bank requests it. You won’t need any of this type of paperwork until you are ready to start the final process of purchasing your vehicle.

5. If you have a trade-in.

It might be more convenient to trade in your old car at a dealership, than it would be trying to sell it yourself.

If your vehicle does not have a lien attached to it, it would be beneficial to have the certificate of title and the keys at hand when you go to the dealership to shop for a new car. Also, you don’t have to have a paid off vehicle to be able to trade in for a new vehicle. If this is the case, request a 10 or 20 day payoff from the company financing your current vehicle. Doing so will help you receive more accurate numbers when you start price shopping.

Ready to Find New Roads?  Pop into Aztec Chevrolet Buick GMC at 772 Highway 181 North in Beeville, visit AztecAutoplex.com or call (866) 220-3375 for more information.

“Don’t settle for anything less, always expect the best, here at Aztec Chevrolet!”

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Aztec Chevrolet

772 Hwy 181 North

Beeville, TX 78102

(361) 358-1681

We are family owned and operated and provide excellent customer service. The Alaniz family has been in the car business for over 50 years serving all of South Texas and beyond. We offer competitive pricing on all of our new vehicles and “drive off the lot” prices on our pre-owned vehicles. Here at Aztec customer satisfaction is our only goal.

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