Questions to Ask Before Agreeing to a New Car Deal

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Before you can make that important decision and purchase that new car, you need to take some few minutes to confirm some essential details. These questions will help you to verify terms, familiarize yourself with the expenses, and make the delivery more convenient.

This list of questions we shall cover includes some specific questions for people who like to shop online and make the deals over the phone rather than visiting a dealer. Internet car shopping happens to be less stressful, faster and can get you a great price. Companies such as Cars & Co can help you shop for your new car via this method.So, rather than just saying yes, ask the following questions and you’ll deal with issues that could flare up later:

What are other expenses charged?

Up to now, the chances are that you have been negotiating the cost of the car only. However, you will be required to pay some additional fees. Some of them might be legitimate while others may be questionable. Examples of legit fees include registry costs, sales tax, documentation fee, and tire recycling fees. Note that there are dealerships that will employ additional costs to build more profit into the deal. If you know about these costs earlier, you will be in a position to avoid them.

What about documentation fees?

Car dealers always charge a documentation fee during the car purchase process. You will actually be charged when you fill out the contract. This might seem strange, but it happens all over the world. Note that the amount a dealer charges as document fee isn’t universal. It may cost you less in some state and more in others. Some states cap the doc fees, normally below $100 while others regulate the fees so that it doesn’t exceed $600. In case you live in a state without the capped fee and you feel the cost is very high, be sure to spend more time negotiating the cost of the car rather than asking the dealer to waive your document fee.

What of the miles on the car?

This question is very vital for internet shoppers because they haven’t got the chance to see the car yet. It’s wrong to assume that all new cars have less than 10 miles registered on the odometer. However, some cars will have exceeded this limit probably because of having undergone many test drives. If the car happens to have more than 300 miles, be sure to negotiate a low price. You may also want to ask an in-service date. This is the date the warranty starts, and you need to know how much coverage you’ll have.

Can the car be delivered?

If everything else in your deal looks great and you have not yet agreed to it, consider asking the seller for one last perk. Ask them to deliver the car so you don’t have to spend time going to the dealership to wait as the car gets gassed, washed, and prepared for delivery. A dealer representative will get to you with printed contracts, and then the deal will be done. In case there are any problems with the contract, this will be your chance to get everything adjusted accordingly.

By considering all these questions we have highlighted, you’ll avoid making common mistakes others make while buying cars.



A former car magazine editor, Sophie’s blog offers in-depth car reviews, industry trends, and maintenance tips. Her breadth of knowledge makes her posts invaluable for both car enthusiasts and everyday drivers.

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