There are some states and cities you can live in and not need to rely on motor vehicles for transportation, but Texas isn’t one of them. Texas is made up of 268,581 square miles of cities, suburbs, deserts, and coastlines, and if you want to get around in The Lone Star State you’re going to need a car. When you’re looking for a car that’s made to withstand Texas’ extreme heat and miles of highways and roads, you need to make sure that you’re shopping correctly. If you’re a Texas resident that’s looking for a car, remember to keep these car shopping tips in mind.
Figure out the value of your old car
When you’re thinking about buying a new car, your thoughts probably aren’t on how much money your old car is worth. It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning on selling it or trading it in, you need to figure out how much your previous car is worth. Once you know how much it’s worth, you’ll be in a much better position to negotiate with buyers and dealerships. Kelley Blue Book is still considered the ultimate authority in car value, so head over to their website with some basic information about your car so that you can get a quote.
Don’t rely on emotion
“I’ll know the right car for me when I see it”
So many car buyers have gone with their gut or their emotions when they looked at a car they fell in love with, and doing that is a good way to go over your budget or to buy a car that doesn’t meet your needs. That new Hyundai convertible you found in Fort Worth may look like everything you’ve ever wanted in a car, but you’ll regret it when you’re driving with the top down during a two week stretch of triple digit heat in the summer. There’s nothing wrong with buying a car that appeals to you visually, but that good looking car should also be able to meet your other important criteria for finding your new car.
Don’t fall for urgency
Unless you’re going car shopping on the last day of a big sale, you shouldn’t believe it when a salesman says that they can only give you this deal today. Salesmen aren’t saying that because they don’t want you to miss out on an amazing deal, they’re doing that so they can make another sale before the day is done.
Avoid shopping for new models as soon as they debut
It seems like people flock to the dealership as soon as next year’s model is available. Don’t go car shopping as soon as the latest model cars are revealed if you want to save money and if you truly need to have the latest Hyundai. Dealers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and around the state can inflate the prices of new model cars when they first come out because they’re so popular. Some people are willing to pay anything to make sure that they have the latest model vehicle, and their need to be the first to have something new will cost them a significant amount of money.
Joan is a part-time writer who loves to share her adventures in travel and finance with her readers.