(Closed) Car search is on… any tips?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 47
6040 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

@CakeyP:  definitely look into a credit union. My employer has a private credit union so I went through them and having that preapproval letter was golden. I would get that squared away first. I have actually read that article you are referring to. It was a very good read. I think you should probably really narrow it down to what car you want (if you havent already) so you know the price range you are looking to stay in. Then get the preapproval. Then just go around to dealerships and don’t stop looking until you find the car you take home 🙂 it really is exhausting though. Ugh! insurance companies are a pain. I just went through all this last september. It was terrible! lol but I was so in need of a new car and I was just ready to tackle it. I think from start to finish it took about two weeks from when I first started searching, to getting my preapproval to driving my new car home. So I was lucky. And I was obsessed lol so I dedicated every waking moment (that I wasnt you know working or being a mom) to getting a new car. so irritating!

Post # 48
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@CakeyP:  Good to know on insurance costs!  that’s interesting, I would have thought they would be higher for a newer car.. though maybe I just made that up.  Have not done any test driving yet, but my mom and my best friend both have CRVs and I’ve driven them a fair amount… so I know I am happy with the handling.  Interested to compare it though.


Edit:  just caught up on the thread, bummer that you’re running into problems!

Post # 49
5659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@CakeyP:  You really should check out Rav4’s. I test drove a million and a half small SUV’s when I was car shopping a few year’s ago, and I thought for sure I’d be a CR-V lover and I didn’t like it at all. The Rav is SO nice, easy to handle, really spacious, and honestly it drive’s a lot like a car. It is great in the snow, reliable, sturdy, and has a great resale value. I’d highly suggest checking one out and driving it before writing them off as being too big!!!

Post # 50
3229 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m an odd ball but I’m really digging the Nissan Juke.  However I’m not having kids for at least another three years so I went with a Smart car.  Did you check out carmax?  All certified vehicles and no-hassle (no negotiating on price) purchase.  Plus if you find something in a different state you can hace it transferred for a really low price.

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