Happy Valley Auto Repair

Tips to help when buying a new or used vehicle

Buying a car can be a stressful experience. Car Salesman often have a reputation for ripping you off and are labeled as dishonest. Buying a car at the right time can really make a big impact on value for money can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. August or the end of the calendar year are both recognized as good months to make your purchase. But the truth of the matter is, a great deal can be found all throughout the calendar year if you use the following steps;

  • Figure out what you want – Doesn’t have to be a “dream car” but its important to be happy with what you are driving every day. What car fits your lifestyle, desires and budget? But also a very important factor is flexibility. This may be the No. 1 rule in purchasing a car. Salespeople can usually spot buyers who have their hearts set on a specific model or “dream car.” Be open to a few options to keep them on their toes. Car buyers nowadays have the luxury of plenty of options with all kinds of makes and models. With your research, allow adequate time for research in your car buying experience. Plan ahead of time and use this time to research the manufacturers and previous buyers personal experience. Check validity of information and look for genuine feedback on the type of vehicle you are looking to buy. This can also be done by word of mouth and asking around for people’s opinions. Part of your research includes drivers license and Insurance. Before purchasing, check vehicle insurance rates for this particular car. You do not want a shock after you have already purchased the vehicle on how your insurance rates have shot up. Check BEFORE you make the final decision. A lot of European cars such as BMW’s and Mercedes are expensive to insure so you want to look into this. Hybrids are often very reasonable when you are looking at rates.
  • Test drive before you buy – Its important you make the most of your test drive. Remember, you are going to be driving this car a lot. Be skeptical of the experience and ask yourself if you really do love it. It is a big decision and not one you should take lightly. Coming back to another point, take your time and make sure this is really the one you want. If you are switching over to Hybrids, the vehicles can be a very different experience to what you are used to so it’s important to give it a try and get used to it.
  • Have it checked out at a repair facility – This is specifically if you are buying a used car. A pre purchase inspection can really ease your worries on this big decision. Find an auto repair shop you trust, and have it checked over.

We have a complimentary pre purchase inspection we can go over with you and advise before you make the final decision at all 7 of our Valley locations. Call ahead and book an appointment in the nearest Wilhelm location to be sure we can see the vehicle. Wilhelm has been the valleys most trusted auto shop for over 87 year’s with locations in Peoria, Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Cave Creek, Happy Valley and Arcadia