Here are three questions you should ask when looking for a new or used car:
- What are the associated fees for buying a car? While you may be figuring out how much car you can afford based on the sticker price, there are other costs associated with purchasing any vehicle that you’ll need to consider. Ask the salesperson what additional fees you’ll be paying. Knowing upfront about these fees, as well as knowing what kind of insurance premium you can afford, can help you make a better decision about which car works best for you financially.
- Does this car have its service records? If you’re buying a used car or truck, you want as much information about the vehicle as you can muster. If the dealership doesn’t offer outright, ask if service records were kept on the car in question. Records that show steady, routine maintenance can signal a good purchase choice. Furthermore, ask if the car you’re looking at has had any recalls on it, and, if so, if the recall work has a record of completion.
- What’s the warranty? Regardless of whether you’re buying a new car or a certified pre-owned car, you may have the option of purchasing a manufacturer’s warranty on your vehicle. You’ll want to read over the warranty carefully to understand exactly what is and isn’t covered, and how long the warranty is under effect.
When you walk into a dealership, you deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. Dealers should take their time with you and be sure to answer any questions you have – not rush you through a sale. If you feel pressured or uncomfortable, take your business somewhere else.
At Platte City-Airport Chrysler, we want all of our customers to feel like they’ve gotten the information they need to make an informed decision. Stop by to talk with a dealer today at 2605 Northwest Prairie View Road, give us a call at (816) 858-5575, or read more about preparing to go to the dealership in our knowledge center.