Most consumers make their car-buying decisions based on emotions. Their decisions are usually driven by perceptions, memories and motivations. Buying a car represents the second biggest purchase most of us will make after a house; thus, the decision of buying new car should be entirely rational and based on facts.
Depending on car dealership might not be the best idea. Many car dealerships prey on the lack of knowledge of the average consumer. Most dealers tend to pressure customers into specific vehicles regardless of their needs and preferences. Moreover, some dealers don’t know or don’t care about the cars they are selling, and only want the client’s money.
On the other side, relying on customer reviews might not be enough. Normally, people tend to have different needs and desires. Some people might give a negative review because of their unrealistic high expectations. Reviews are by their nature subjective, therefore, you can’t make your decision based on reviews alone.
So how to find the best new car?
Before doing anything, you have to know how much money you can spend on a new car. You should look at your budget and figure out how much money you’ve got left after your basic needs. Fortunately, there are many online calculators that you can use to know the best price range for buying a car.
Knowing the vehicles that fall within your budget is pretty straightforward; there are dozens of websites that offer search service within certain price range. The next step is the hardest one. Depending on how many vehicles fall within your budget, selecting the best one can be hard and time-consuming. To get the best value for your money, you need to spend some time in doing a research about each car you’ll get in the search result. You need to know its safety, performance, reliability, operating costs, comfort and accessibility, warranties, user reviews, and experts’ ratings.
You can either do those steps yourself or hire a vehicle purchasing advisor to do it for you. In all cases, don’t go to dealers without knowing the best car that fits you.