- 3 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014
SO. Here I am again, still carless (what has it been, like 3 weeks?) and getting antsy! Still cranky about it though.
I’m still driving FI’s pickup truck around and totally underestimating other car’s sizes (oh, hey, that car doesn’t look too big from up here! LIES)
I’m fed up with waiting for help (FI is too busy), so now I have to buck up and do it myself.
I’ve been researching and taking notes on how to speak with a dealer, negotiate a car price, what to expect, what to inspect, how to doa trade-in.
I’ve checked my credit score, I’m trying to squeeze into my bank this afternoon for a pre-approval before they close. I plan on printing the KBB trade-in value for my car when I get home (need to confirm the miles).
I’m also going to type up (or find) and print out a form to write down the information I look up about a particular car (i.e. actual value vs. dealer price, carfax report overview, certified or not, etc…. still working on this one.)
For the actual dealership visits, I downloaded Edmunds and KBB apps for on-the-go price comparison, I also downloaded a car loan calculator app. I started organizing my trips to dealers on my EverNote app with photos and descriptions of the cars/service/experience. I put this all on the same “panel” on my android phone so I can just flip to it while I’m there.
I am annoyed that I waited so long, but happy that I’m doing something about it. I hate car shopping, I just want it to be over.
A coworker’s husband at least went to the dealership I plan on visiting today and had a good experience. So that makes me feel better.
If anyone cares, I’m looking into getting a 2009 or newer Subaru Impreza or even a Honda CR-V if the price is right (a little bigger than I want though, but I don’t care anymore). But if I find something better it’s ok… basically anything that handles snow better than my 2001 Chevy Cavalier did, with more than the 2 airbags I had (read: every car in my year range haha)
So, does anyone have car search/car buying tips?
I am trying to know what I’m doing, but I really feel like I don’t.