TodayApril 15, 2022

How to buy a car without being taken for a ride

Tips on how to buy a car

Cars are and will continue to be a part of our lives now and in the future. Some people think that car buying will go away, but I don’t see purchasing a car going away in my lifetime.

If you need to buy a car, but don’t know where to start, here are some simple tips on how to buy a car without being taken advantage of in the process.

Advances in technology and the automotive industry continue to alter how we use vehicles in our everyday lives. It also makes a difference what your age is, and whether you have children, or grandchildren, what type of car you will buy. Many women who have grandchildren will buy a vehicle with them in mind, just like when they bought a car with their own children in mind.

1. Know your FICO score – get pre-approved

The number one way to protect yourself from being taken advantage of is by being pre-approved by your bank or credit union. Also, know what your FICO credit score is, and have it in writing. Your finance rate can change depending on your FICO credit score.

2. Befriend A Car Enthusiast

One way to learn more about cars is to befriend a car enthusiast or reputable mechanic in the area. Find a friend or family member who enjoys cars and knows in-depth knowledge about them and then pick their brains. For example, they may be willing to show you how to replace your brakes or change your oil so you can do it yourself one day and save yourself some money. Sit down and speak to them about various car topics and ask questions to increase your knowledge base.

3. Pursue A Career in the Automotive Industry

Another way to learn more about cars is to pursue a career in the automotive industry. It’s a great way to make a living, and they’re always looking for new talent in the field. If this interests you, then the wise idea is to look into the programs offered by Kettering Online. There’s a shift towards implementing new technology and leading the pack in autonomous vehicle production. This change in the transportation industry is calling for a new kind of highly educated workforce.

3. Watch Relevant TV Shows

You may also want to consider turning on the television and watching relevant shows about cars. There are plenty of car races, tutorials, and DIY shows that will help you to learn more about cars in general. Watch the experts as they guide and teach you about how cars work and best practices for keeping your vehicle in prime condition. If you’re a visual learner, these types of car programs are an excellent way to get over any fear you might have of learning how to get your hands dirty under your hood.

4. Read & Educate Yourself

There are also plenty of books, blogs, and magazines out there that are focused on cars. Learn more about the topic by getting lost in this educational material and teaching yourself what you don’t know. Another idea is to sit down and read through your car manual to get a better idea of how your vehicle works and ways you can keep it looking nice and working well. You can also follow car experts on social media and see what daily tips and tricks they have to offer. It won’t be long before you’re the one with all the information and can use it to share and educate others who want to learn more.

5. Check online pricing guides for your car’s trade-in average

Some car dealers may be unwilling to give you a quote until they see the car in person. That may seem like a tactic to get you in the showroom, but they can’t give you a final price until they see the car. Offer to send pictures online, and that may help them give you a better number.

Enjoy your new car!

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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