Tips on Buying A Car – Thompson Chrysler Jeep

What Should You Consider When Buying a Car?

Whenever you think of buying a new car, never avoid your price range and necessities. You should not be dreaming of the car that costs $50,000 when you can afford only the ones under $30,000.  Being realistic is the key to buying the right car.  Here are some tips on what to consider when purchasing a car:

Stay Near Invoice Cost
Invoice cost is the price the dealer pays to the manufacturer for the car.  The dealer then adds thousands of dollars to that price called MSPR (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) to earn profit. Conduct appropriate research about the dealer and car before even stepping into the showroom and try to keep the price close to the invoice price.

Rebates are a great way to save some extra cash, time and energy.  Buyer’s can be informed about active rebates provided by manufacturers or by the dealerships that sell vehicles.  Some of these rebates even come in the form of a loyalty membership program when you purchase with particular dealerships.  People are notified about the rebates via different means as well, such as e-mail, ads and newspapers.

Do Your Research
Never enter the showroom before collecting complete information about the reputation and features of the car you have selected, about the quality provided by the manufacturing company and about the dealer’s reputation.  Cars are not items that you need to buy on a day to day basis so the purchase of a car should be something that you take into great consideration before actually purchasing. You should search for information online.  A lot of dealerships have their inventory and reviews available online so that you can do your research from the comfort of your home.  However, just in case information is not available to you online, you may ask your friends, family members or neighbors, who have experience in the process of purchasing a car.


Credit History
Credit history is the history of the borrower and shows how responsibly the borrower has responded to other sources of financial help it took via loans or credit cards. Many car buyers need a loan from banks.  So when this is the case, the person must have his/her credit history that can be fetched from three credit bureaus named Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.  Your credit score will most likely determine what the interest rate of the loan will be.


Insurance Rates
Different insurance companies charge different rates for different types of cars. Try to shop from more than one insurance company to get the lowest and most appropriate coverage.  Some cars, depending on their features, are able to get certain discounts on the insurance policy.



Don’t Rush
View and test the car first before making a commitment to purchase. Collect complete information from the dealer and the salesperson.  If you are unsure about the purchase, do some more research first.

Make An Appointment
Once you are done with your research, the next step is making an appointment. Do not be an easy customer.  Be firm on what you can afford on a month to month basis and do not go over that amount.

Brought to you by Thompson Chrysler Jeep.


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