Once termed a luxury item, cars are now more of a necessity than luxury, and are easily accessible to the working class people, which was not the scenario 30 years ago. While the cars became affordable, the whole process of car buying remained tedious and time-consuming. New car buyers had to go through a lot of hassle, research, model hunt, dealer hunt, discount hunt and what not to buy their prized possession, making the whole car-buying experience a rather unpleasant one.
With today's available resources (including this site) you can take the whole car buying experience to a new level and feel good about purchasing your new car. All you need to do is keep a couple of points in your mind before stepping out for some shopping. Here are some recommended steps to make your new car buying experience a hassle-free one!
Be sure of what you want
The new car market has gone through a tremendous shift over the past couple of years. Given the amount of choices one has, not only of various cars to buy from, but also of trims and models within one particular model, it can make you dizzy. So it's important to narrow your choices before heading out to dealerships. Keep your choices narrowed to maximum 2-3 brands or models. Budget also plays a major role in evaluation of needs, so choose wisely and only narrow down models you can afford.
Look out for deals online
While dealerships are known to offer good deals time and again, they are generally limited to festival season or year-end sale. On the flip side, many automobile e-commerce companies offer year-round deals and offers on cars, saving you a lot of money and energy. Opt for a website with good discounts, confirm it from the company and you are good to go.
Locate a Dealer
Yes, discounts are important and necessary, but they are just one-time saving and nothing else. The real trouble is after-sale service, which can cost you a lot of money and more than that, a lot of trouble, if the dealership is located far. Even though the visit to the dealerships will be occasional, it's advisable to pick a convenient dealership that is close to your work, home or daily route.
Ask for a test-drive at home
You may very well select a perfect car for you based on features, looks, engine, mileage and price, but your perfect car can turn out to be a sore eye if you do not test-drive it beforehand. A road test is essential, no matter what, to understand the ergonomics, driving comfort and have the overall feel of the car. Chances are, you may end up buying a different car than what you chose earlier. But worry not, companies are now offering the test-drives at home only, saving you a lot of hassle repeated dealership visits.
Get your car registered through the dealer
Gone are the days when you used to visit the RTO office after purchasing the car to get it registered by paying taxes. Now-a-days, dealerships themselves are getting your car registered at the RTO office and all you need to do is pay them the on-road price, which includes Insurance, Road-tax and other charges. Once you buy a car and hand over the required set of documents to the dealership, it is their liability to provide you with the RC of the car.
Get yourself a fully-loaded car
Yes, it will cost you a bit much than the lower trims, but a top-of-the-line or loaded car will save you from the trouble of visiting an aftermarket shop to fit equipments like music system and other accessories. A fully loaded car means the accessories are loaded by the company, hence warranty of the car will not lapse. Also, safety equipments like ABS and airbags can't be installed aftermarket and hence, it's advisable to get a fully loaded trim.