Skipping the test drive, it is one of the biggest mistakes car buyers.
Experts suggest test driving four different vehicles to help slash the chance of any buyer’s regret.
Get everything in writing.
Anytime the sales guy guarantees anything like the bottom line price or a certain monthly payment make sure it is all spelled out in ink in the contract. So many times we have heard “but they gave me their word.”
If you are buying used get the vehicle checked out before you sign on the dotted line.
No one, not state regulators, the Better Business Bureau or even a consumer investigator can help you once you've signed the contract and driven off the lot with a wreck.
Worst case, if you don't have the car checked out demand a bumper to bumper warranty for at least 30 days so that you have time to find and fix any issues with your new set of wheels.
And if at all possible line up financing before you shop or else you could pay for dealer financing at a higher interest rate.