This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Autotrader & Kelley Blue Book Price Advisor; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I remember my first car-buying experience like it was yesterday. I was a 20 year old college student and knew absolutely nothing about cars or they type of car I wanted – except of course, that I wanted something cute that would not leave me stranded on the side of the road. It’s funny how the one piece of advice I’d gotten over and over again during my car-buying experience was “Make sure you bring a man with you, so you don’t get
I’m sure I’m not the only woman who has heard that, as it’s still the advice being given to women all over! It’s a crazy thought how women are kicking butt in business, at home, and making major strides on a global scale; but yet…finding that confidence in the car-buying process is still an uphill battle.
So I did what I was told and brought my brother or male friends with me to shop for cars, and guess what? That didn’t make the big huge difference I was promised. We were still haggled and taken advantage of and honestly, I didn’t feel any bit more confident in the car-buying process.
Finally, I checked out both AutoTrader.com and Kelley Blue Book and began doing the search on my own. Then ultimately, my mom (who is a kick-butt, no-nonsense lady herself) and I were able to find a great first vehicle that was safe, reliable, and within my price range. I knew even many years ago how to best go about the car-buying process and I know for a fact that AutoTrader has grown tremendously, now offering an even more comprehensive guide to ensure car buying in confidence.
Its latest tool to help car-buyers shop in confidence is the Kelley Blue Book Price Advisor on AutoTrader. Kelley Blue Book’s Price Advisor is now seamlessly integrated on the AutoTrader website and together, they ensure that you’re making a well-informed decision and getting the best deal when searching for cars.
Here’s a quick guide to the new Kelley Blue Book Price Advisor:
1. Determine the car features that best fit your lifestyle
The first thing to you need to do is to determine features that you want in a car. You need to consider crucial features such as fuel cost, storage capacity, passenger seating among other features that are essential to your lifestyle.
2. Compare vehicles and prices
Once you have determined the features that you want, Visit Autotrader.com and compare vehicles that have exact features that you are looking for. Compare their prices, read reviews and look at videos and photos to determine which car suits your needs. Once you have correctly identified a car, contact the dealer.
3. Ask questions to show that you are knowledgeable
When negotiating with a car dealer, ask specific questions about the car that you are interested in to show that you are knowledgeable. This is why the Kelley Blue Book Price Advisor tool is the perfect way to help ensure you’ve done your own research and know what you are talking about when you’re at the dealership.
4. Get a background report
AutoTrader listings allow you to download any safety recall information for your vehicle. Additionally, you’ll want to review insurance and government crash testing of the car. If you are considering to buy a pre-owned car, then it is crucial to check the history report based on the car’s identification (VIN) number.
5. Test drive and thoroughly to inspect the vehicle
Once you agree the terms with the car dealer, get the deal offline. However, before you close the deal, test drive the car thoroughly to see if it is in a good state and feels right for you sitting behind the wheel. If possible, come with a certified mechanic to help you inspect the car. This is not mandatory, however, because most dealerships nowadays give you a short window after buying the car to do a final review with a mechanic.
6. Focus on actual car price when negotiating payments
When negotiating monthly payments, put your main focus on the actual car price. That is, the amount you are paying after the taxes, fees, and extras. This will greatly lower your monthly payments. Ask the dealer to break the cost down and put it on paper.
7. Don’t hesitate to cancel the deal if you feel uncomfortable
The thing about car-buying in confidence is that you have to be ok with sometimes walking away. When if you feel uncomfortable negotiating with the dealer, maybe because of contradicting information that the dealer is giving, don’t hesitate to cancel the deal. Only engage with a dealer who will give you terms that you are comfortable with. Remember, YOU are the boss!
Just for kicks, I took a quick look at a listing using the Kelley Blue Book Price Advisor on Autotrader. The process was simple. I just put in the car make and model I was looking for, along with my zip code to find a listing of both new or used cars for sale in my area. I had access to safety records on the car, MSRP, any dealer discounts available (i.e. military discounts) and the Kelley Blue Book Break down of what the car is actually valued at vs. the MSRP. I got a little excited and wanted to head to the dealership, but you could imagine how that conversation with the hubby would go.
Car buying can be a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be! Anyone can empower themselves to make a wise purchase, thanks to Autotrader, and the recent addition of the Kelley Blue Book Price Advisor on Autotrader listings!