There are many mistakes to avoid when purchasing a new car. One of the more common and perhaps the biggest mistake we see people make is listening to the advice of an unqualified person.
“The number one mistake car buyers make is, they go, ‘My friend said it’s really good.’ You know, this is the only country in the world where people do that,” – Jay Leno
We live in a society where friends, co-workers, and even strangers on the street will jump at a chance to give you their opinion. We have to remember that opinions are just opinions. If you want real advice, there are 3 places you can go.
Ask Your Mechanic.
There is no better person to ask about cars than a mechanic who works on them all day. A good mechanic will be able to tell you if a certain type of car comes in a lot. He’ll be able to tell you the average cost of fixing certain cars, the longevity of specific cars, and even what usually breaks first in a vehicle. If you don’t have a mechanic you can trust, just follow our first tip about reading online reviews. You can quickly find a mechanic that people speak highly of to give you advice. Some mechanics will even look over a car for free. Read our blog on “5 Essential Car Buying Tips”.
Go for a test drive.
Many times opinions are based off of personal experience. Someone’s personal experience of a car may be very different from your test drive experience. People like different things; you may find that the very thing your friend disliked about a car is actually something you enjoy. There are so many cars to choose from and each one drives differently than the next. Take some time to test drive a few cars. Make sure that you are comfortable and feel good about the car you are purchasing.