If you want to save yourself time, money, and a few headaches when purchasing a vehicle – be sure to follow these steps.
Do your homework.
The last thing you want to do is show up unprepared. Sure, you may find a car you like by walking around the lot, but that can backfire. Study up, look at as many different makes and models as you can online first, and try to be sure you’re getting the car that satisfies your heart and your wallet.
Know before you go: Check out our YouTube video on buying a car in 5 easy steps.
Use your credit union.
Once you know which car you want to purchase, head to your local credit union and find out what kind interest rate you can get on a loan. With this knowledge, you’re now ready to go to the dealership and make a deal.
If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, stop by First Financial and apply for an Auto Loan with us! We have the same great low rates whether you plan on purchasing a new or used vehicle.* To apply, click here for our online application or stop into any branch location.
Shop on a Tuesday.
Car dealerships are usually busier on the weekends. By shopping in the middle of the week, you’re going to get more attention and better service. This may not necessarily translate to a lower price, but it will definitely speed up the process and make it easier to get done.
Remember you’re not buying a cheeseburger.
When you have a craving for a Five Guys cheeseburger, you go to your nearest Five Guys and you eat a cheeseburger. It wouldn’t make sense to drive one town over for the same cheeseburger at roughly the same price. With a car, things are different. There are a lot of factors (including the salesperson you deal with) that can determine the price you’re going to pay, so driving 20 minutes to a neighboring dealership may be worth your time and money.
If you are a First Financial member, be sure to visit our Preferred Dealerships. The right car and offer is out there for you!
*Subject to credit approval. A First Financial membership is required to obtain an auto loan and is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers, or attends school in Monmouth or Ocean Counties. A $5 deposit in a base savings account is required for credit union membership prior to opening any other account/loan.
Article Source: John Pettit for CUInsight.com