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We made the decision a few months ago to trade our mini van in and purchase an SUV. My last two vehicles had been mini vans so I really was lost when looking at SUVS. I knew I didn’t want a large SUV but I wasn’t sure if I wanted a small or medium sized one. When we decided it was time, my husband went with me to go car shopping, however, this time this purchase was pretty much up to me so I spent a lot of time researching the net.
Here are the top tips I found the most helpful when I was ready to purchase a different vehicle!
- RESEARCH – Research is so important! One great resource to check out is Cars.com! Their site is full of fantastic information! They have videos, a review feature, facts about the make, model and price AND they are honest.
- Don’t Stick With One Dealer – Shop around. Visit their websites and even stop by their showrooms. See who offers the best deals, incentives AND check out their service department! We actually still ended up going with a dealer that we have bought from in the past. They really are hands down the best, no hassle dealer. And their service department now has a loaner program! The only cost is you have to fill the tank up when you return the 2016 OR NEWER vehicle. And don’t be afraid to tell them that you are shopping around. Make them work for you.
- Take Your Time – Don’t rush. It took me six months to finally make the purchase. Anytime we’ve ever rushed, we regretted it.
- Test Drive – Test drive, test drive and test drive! I was sold for a good year before I started even looking on what I “thought” I wanted……guess what? I didn’t even buy that make/model after all.
- If You Have Littles In Car Seats – Definitely make sure to check out Cars.com “How Cars.com Conducts Car Seat Checks”. Because as we all know, car seats are bulky and just because you “think” something will fit in the back seat, they just may NOT fit and imagine if you buy a third row SUV and the middle row of seats don’t adjust forward. How would you get a baby into/out of that rear row?