You've done a ton of online research and you know the car you want (and need) for carpooling, grocery shopping and weekend family fun. Now you're just about ready to head over to the dealership to test-drive — and possibly buy — that perfect car. Before you hand over your hard-earned money, we have 25 quick shopping tips to make family car-buying easier than you could have imagined.
Before Heading Out to the Dealership
1. Yes, it's exciting to be on the verge of buying a new car. But don't just rush off to the dealership expecting the vehicle you saw online will be in stock, ready for a test-drive and purchase. It might not be there, even if the dealership's website says it is. That's because online inventories can lag behind what's actually on the lot. Call the dealership first to make sure the vehicle is indeed still for sale.
2. Will you have your kids with you? If so, tell the salesperson when you plan to arrive, and ask him to have the car up front ready for a demonstration and test-drive. Some dealerships have massive inventory lots, and they are often off-site. You don't want to wait a half-hour to have the right vehicle pulled up from one of these lots, especially if you have bored kids in tow.