Buying a car can be a very stressful situation. If you can, take your time while shopping and keep these 8 insider tips in mind to get the perfect car for you and your family. These are a few of Baxter’s insider tips for car-buying.

Insider Tip #1: Wait for a sale

If you’re not in a hurry to get behind the wheel of a new car, wait until a sale. Dealerships have great sales throughout the year, but the last week of the year and the end of a model-year tend to have the best offers. If you can hold off on buying your new car or don’t have a problem buying a new vehicle from last year’s model-year, you may be able to use this insider tip to get a great deal.

Insider Tip #2: Shop on a weekday

If you’re looking for more information on a vehicle, but not ready to buy yet, head to the dealership on a weekday afternoon. It’s usually less busy during the week than it is on the weekend. That means you’ll be able to get more personal attention and make sure to get your questions answered.

If you need a little help figuring out when the best time to come in to a dealership is, Google gives you a nice snapshot of when the dealership is usually busiest.

Insider Tip #3: Take your time on test drives

Insider Tip - Test Driving

Never buy a vehicle without taking it on a test drive. But make sure you take your time on that drive. Bring your family and see if everyone can fit comfortably. Ask the salesperson if you can drive home and see if the vehicle fits in your garage. Play with the features and make sure it checks all the boxes.

Insider Tip #4: Ask your salesperson’s opinion

Ask your salesperson for their opinion. They are trained on these vehicles and know the cars inside and out. They may give you an option you hadn’t considered before or have a great way to make sure you get everything you want out of your new vehicle.

Insider Tip #5: Test out the technology

Insider Tip - Tech

Play with the technology features. If you’re into music, make sure you like the audio system. Connect your phone or iPod and pump your own music through the speakers. Check out how everything connects. Use the rearview camera. Mess with the touchscreen or screen features and see how it feels to use.

Insider Tip #6: Check insurance costs

Call your insurance company before signing the paperwork. Check how much it would be to insure your new car. This is especially important if you’re going to have other family members driving the car, truck or SUV. Getting a vehicle with a powerful engine could be very pricey if you plan on having your teenage son drive it as well.

Insider Tip #7: Do paperwork beforehand

Most of our dealerships will let you fill out some of the paperwork before you head in. Getting that done can cut down your time in the dealership and get you out on the road in your new car faster. Plus, it means fewer hand cramps for you.

Insider Tip #8: Ask for a walkthrough

Once you’ve picked your car, ask the salesperson or a service technician for a full walkthrough. Inside and out. Learn what features you just purchased and what all your brand new car, truck or SUV is capable of.

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