Sometimes, the search for a new vehicle is very specific, and other times it’s vague. I’ve had customers come to the showroom already knowing the make, model, year, and trim of their ideal vehicle. I’ve also had customers come in who know they want or need a new vehicle, and that’s about as detailed as they’ve gotten. The majority of the customers I see fall somewhere in-between those two examples, and trust me, whatever place you’re at is completely fine.
It’s okay to not be 100 percent sure about how to choose the perfect vehicle. And, it’s also okay to need a little help narrowing your options until you feel ready to make a decision. But, if you want to avoid adding hours to the process of buying or leasing a car, I’ve outlined a few areas where you can narrow your search before arriving at the dealership.
Are You Ready to Choose the Perfect Vehicle?
Before moving on to the features you want, try to focus on the features you need. Typically, need-based vehicle features include size, capacity, and price. If you’re unsure whether an SUV, car, or van best suits your needs, consider how much seating and hauling capacity you’d like your new vehicle to have. Use your current vehicle as a starting point for your capacity needs.
If you’re buying your new vehicle outright, you likely already know the dollar amount you’re able to spend. If you’re like most customers, you’re looking to buy or lease a car, van, or SUV. In either situation, it’s important to figure out how much you can invest in a down payment and a monthly payment.
Research Your Options to Choose the Perfect Vehicle
Each category of vehicles meets certain guidelines in terms of safety, reliability, and gas mileage. You can learn a little bit about how each category differs by:
- Talking with friends
- Going to dealership to look at different options
- Researching online
Take for instance a Nissan Altima and a Buick Enclave. The 2016 Nissan Altima is a four door, mid-size sedan that seats five. With 39 highway miles per gallon and a predictive forward collision warning, the Nissan Altima is a quality option in its mid-size category, but some families may find its size limiting.
The 2016 Buick Enclave is a four door, midsize SUV crossover with seating for eight. Its size and capabilities place the Buick Enclave in an entirely different category. Either of these vehicles are great options, as long as the features they have match up with the features you need.
Buy or Lease Your Perfect Vehicle
Whether you’re looking to buy or lease a car, SUV, or van, know the more decisions you make upfront will bring you closer to making the best decision for you. To assist you in narrowing your search, we’ve created a checklist you can use to help choose the perfect vehicle.
Once you’ve narrowed your search a bit, visit a dealership for a test drive. After all, getting behind the wheel is one of the best ways to get a feel for the vehicle and determine whether it’s the best option for you.