Spring is officially in full bloom, and summer is right around the corner. The days are getting longer, and everybody is keeping their eyes on the calendar with vacation, weddings, weekends at the beach, and trips up north soon to come.
It goes without saying, summer can be a busy time not only for you and your family, but the set of wheels you rely on. Whether you’ve been saving for a car for a while, or unexpected issues are pressing your need quicker than planned, you want to make a smart, informed investment. The team at Ballas Buick GMC has nearly 50 years of experience helping families in the greater Toledo area find a vehicle they love.
Whether you’re shopping for a new or used car, they shared the following tips that will help you with your next purchase.
Do Your Research. This is the most important thing you can do before stepping foot on a lot. New car values can vary greatly based on trim packages, added features, and upgrades, while used cars also depend on mileage and overall condition. Knowing how the features that matter most to you impact final price will prevent any surprises. With the wealth of information available online, you should have a good idea on the price range for the specific car you have in mind.
Think About Insurance. This is an easy step, but one that’s often overlooked. Your insurance premiums can change based on the car you’re driving, so it’s smart to get quoted based on what you plan to buy. If you’re between a couple different cars, a sharp difference in insurance costs could make the decision for you.
Take Advantage of the Test Drive. This is a common step in the buying process, and lets you see how the car drives as well as check for obvious issues with the engine, transmission, or brakes. Use the test drive to test the other components you regularly use while driving such as heat/air conditioning, radio features, interior lights, and window controls. You’ll want to make sure they all work and feel comfortable using them so they don’t become distractions as part of your new car.
Look at New and Used. You don’t want to start your car shopping experience stuck in one box. If you find a dealer with a large inventory of both new and used cars, you can trust that they focus only on high quality used cars so all their sales will meet customer expectations. Tied in with your research beforehand, you may often find that a gently used car will have all the features you want and save you money.
Ballas also has a large inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles. If you are shopping for a used vehicle this is an important feature. Why? Certified pre-owned means cars by have been inspected, refurbished, and certified by a manufacturer or other certifying authority. When you buy a certified a pre-owned vehicle you are buying a car that feels almost new, no matter what the odometer is showing.
Buying a car can feel overwhelming, especially with the amount of advertisements and offers thrown at you on a daily basis. It’s important that you make a smart purchase based on your budget, and don’t let impulse control your decision. With more than 45 years of experience helping people make a purchase they are happy with, the team at Ballas knows what you need. You can view their inventory online or contact them today to schedule a test drive.