You have probably done lots of online research and you now have a car option for grocery shopping, carpooling and lots of family weekend fun. Currently you are ready to hit the car dealership to test-drive (or maybe purchase) that perfect option. Before handing over your hard earned bucks, here are the best family car shopping tips that make it easier and stress-free to choose a car that will make all family members happy.
Before Hitting the Car Dealership
The car you saw online might not be at the dealership as online inventories sometimes lag behind. If your kids will be with you, inform that salesperson to have the car you want to test-drive ready. This is as you will not want to wait too long before it is pulled out so your kids do not get bored. If possible, do the shopping on a weekday. They are less busy so you will get extra personal time to check out all the features of the car. Bring your whole family along. You will want everybody on your test-drive to get a feel of what they will spend the next few years with. Also, do not forget to bring your research whether on a phone or paper. Bring your driving license, approved credit union or bank car loan and your proof of insurance as your easy family car shopping could turn into buying that very day.
While at the Car Dealership
Some people complete all family car shopping and buying procedures online only to come to the dealership to complete the paperwork. That could be alright for refrigerators and washing machines but not cars. Cars and their features change so you should check it out in person even if it is the kind you have owned in the past. Complete a full fitness test on the vehicle. While checking it out, consider all that will be needed to take your whole family in and out. For example, not all family members can conveniently climb onto the back of an SUV. With a car that features 3 rows of seating, be attentive to the second row and how it impacts the one at its back. How the second-row seats are arranged could make getting onto the third row quite challenging. Ensure that the third row features sufficient ventilation. Know whether the car has a spare and how easily you can attach a car seat. Once you are satisfied with the car, inform the salesperson that you desire to complete the deal.
While in the Finance Office
Do not go in to sign the purchase documents expecting to be out in a jiffy. It takes some time and you should be patient enough to ask all necessary questions. This is where you are also offered add-ons. Consider only those that are necessary that will be worth your spend. Some fabric and paint protection products normally offered by the finance manager are worth considering. Before concluding with the car dealership’s finance manager, demand that you go through the paperwork a final time to ensure that all things were correctly done.
After completing the deal, demand a complete explanation of all feature and options. Ensure you get the owner’s manual and have a look at the guide that comes with most. Once you follow these tips, your family car shopping will certainly be easy, convenient and leave all your family members truly happy.