If you find a car that you are interested in online, make sure you call and ask to see if the car is still in inventory. Often the most popular cars will be sold quickly. There is nothing worse than getting to a dealership and finding out the car you want was sold that morning.


If you plan to lease, ask about the different options for mileage, lease terms and money due at signing. There are options that best fit your lifestyle based on how many miles you usually drive.

But, be sure to ask about any penalties if you exceed your maximum millage during the lease term.


Feel free to ask for more time with the car, truck or SUV. A test drive is a great way to determine if the car is truly right for you and you should never feel rushed.

A really great test drive should always include both city and highway driving. That allows you to get the true feel for the vehicle.


If you are buying a used car, ask to see the vehicle history report. That will tell you some important things about the vehicle, such as how many people have owned the vehicle, if it has been in any accidents or if it has been repainted.


Ask about any documentation fees, delivery fees or dealer fees. Most dealerships have one, if not all of these fees. A great way to phrase this question is “What’s my price out the door?”


Ask about any rebates or incentives. Many manufactures have exclusive offers for loyalty owners, college graduates or military personnel.


If at any point during your car buying experience you do not understand something, just ask! The sales associates are more than willing to walk you through the entire vehicle or anything you may be confused about.


Don’t forget

  1. Valid driver’s license
  2. Proof of insurance
  3. Registration for your trade-in vehicle
  4. The title of your trade-in vehicle or the vehicle payoff amount
  5. All the trade-in keys

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