Every car buyer has an idea of his or her perfect car. Each perfect car picture comes with the make, model, and year of the car, and all of the amenities the buyer would like included in the interior of the car. Most car dealerships, however, rarely have the ‘perfect’ car, so buyers have to settle for something with four wheels that runs reasonably well, gets decent gas mileage, and is not an embarrassment.
The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale lists car buying with a loan as the twentieth most stressful thing in a person’s life. It is just a bit above (more stressful than) a foreclosure, trouble with the in-laws, and having a son or daughter leave home. It is a little less stressful than changing jobs or the death of a close friend. For buyers in Florida, however, it doesn’t have to be this way. Buying from a quality car dealership in Orlando can help mitigate some of the stress of getting a new (used) car.
Stress-Free Car Buying
- The Importance of Researching Dealerships in the Area
One thing people often don’t shy away from is offering their opinions, especially on the Internet, making it a good place to begin research on quality car dealerships in Orlando. Although user opinions are subjective and should be taken with a grain of salt, if enough reviews are available, they may be able to offer potential buyers a small glimpse into what it would be like to work with a prospective dealership.
Resources for researching car sales businesses include state licensure boards (if applicable), the National Automobile Dealers Association, Florida’s consumer affairs agency, and word of mouth from friends and relatives.
A business that creates goodwill by treating its customers right will become known in the community. A business that does not treat its customers well will also become known to the community at large and to the consumer and licensing agencies by virtue of the complaints they receive.
Online resources are more available now than ever before to help a consumer research the average price of cars. When it comes to used car buying in Orlando, the prospective buyer can to enter a dealership with enough knowledge to buy a vehicle at a fair price.
- Timing Is Everything
One often-repeated bit of lore is that summer is the best time to buy a used car because dealers are dropping their prices, and that the best time of day to buy a car is in the morning when everyone is fresh and excited about the day.
Other theories about when the best time is to buy a car include:
- The end of the month when sales people are trying to hit their monthly goals.
- The middle of the month when managers have evaluated the first part of the month sales and are willing to offer discounts.
- On a Tuesday, as it is usually one of the slowest days of the week for car dealerships and consumers can get individualized attention to their needs.
- On a Thursday, because according to statistics, Thursdays are the day of the week when dealers drop their prices the most.
- Framing Expectations Before Walking onto a Lot
Shopping for a new car can be an exciting prospect, but one thing that can trip a lot of buyer up is their expectations. Buyer’s remorse is a very real thing, but it can be reduced drastically with proper research and correct expectations. The most satisfied buyers often find it helpful to make a list separating what they need in a car and what would be nice to have. This way, they can reach a compromise that is satisfactory to everyone.
Shopping at a quality car dealership in Orlando that treats its customers fairly, done at a good time, with sound expectations can actually be a pleasant experience.