The first time buying a car produces lots of excitement. It also can stress buyers out.
Ever name your first car (your baby)? Totally ridiculous? Or a Must do?
I remember a friend who named her first car. Actually, I think she names all of her cars. So I texted her to refresh my memory. Her first car was a Blue Chevy Cavalier named Thunder. Her pride and joy.
My First Car
I had a little red Saturn I drove around to school and practices and everything in between as a teenager. When the transmission started to go, it would kick into gear. More like JOLT into gear. So my 17 year old friends and I lovingly named it KICKER. It was good to us. We were not so good to it. Later… Kicker went to be with the rest of the metal. Kicker was good to us.
More seriously though, regardless if you name this new ride or simply call it what it is, A VEHICLE, there’s some real stress that comes with shopping for and the first time buying a car.
And here’s the thing. There really doesn’t have to be.
Often the first time car buyer comes well prepared (as prepared as he can be never having made a car purchase on his own). He’s done his research. He’s done as much as he thinks he’s needed to. He’s never bought a vehicle before so he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. Even still, he’s trying to prepare, get knowledgeable. He doesn’t want to make a big mistake. He knows it’s a big purchase and doesn’t want to get ripped off or have buyers remorse.
First time car buyers need support.
That’s why they often call their dad, an uncle, or brother to assist with the transaction. There’s a lot to know. Seasoned car buyers are patient but also know when to pull the trigger. They know the vehicle they want, they know how to find it, they know that they have the control in the transaction because they hold the money. Many first time car buyers are nervous and frantic about the process. What they don’t realize is that the person with the money is in control of the transaction. It’s obvious when you don’t know anything about dealer fees and charges, financing terms, what’s negotiable, what’s not negotiable, it can be an extremely intimidating process.
It’s a shame that with such a large purchase you have to have expert knowledge to get a good deal — or at the very least, not to get ripped off– risking a big financial mistake. It’s what keeps me in business. Nevertheless, it’s still unfortunate. I’m thankful that I can provide a solution to the problem.
If this is your first time buying a car, we have two pieces of advice.
1. Don’t ask Dad to spend the day at the dealership. Don’t ask Uncle Tim or your brother. Chances are, they don’t want to do it either.
Dads, uncles and brothers, they often call us because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of the car deal for their loved ones. They get called to help with the transaction. They know what they don’t know, so they often call us. And truly, it’s the seasoned buyers who call because they know, EXACTLY what they don’t want to deal with. They know that it takes a lot of work to secure a good deal. They know they have to make dealers compete. They learned it the hard way. The thought of it exhausts them.
2. Instead, start with the Vehicle Lease and Buying Guide – The Definitive Guide. Then, do your research.
When you’ve decided on the vehicle you want and have a baseline for the best way to buy a vehicle, call your dad, your uncle or whoever else and then call us. We’ll treat you like a family member and take care of the deal from start to finish.
As always, if you’ve got a question about your first time buying a car shoot us a message.
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