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Car buying has somehow taken on a negative stigma, which is unfortunate. What I like to remind people of (myself included) is simple; keep it easy! And don't lose sight of the excitement. This purchase can become a part of your life, so remember that, in the face of all of the dogma.
We all know the stats; the car (or truck) is the largest investment for families second to a home. More people are keeping their cars for longer, as well, due to improved quality. This is great. Both of these things considered, shouldn't one of the most important purchases you will ever make begin with a positive emotional spirit? One awesome thing that I have noticed from the automotive industry is that you don't have to be a "car enthusiast" to fall in love with your car! That feeling of excitement should always be there upon the beginning of your search. And you shouldn't feel like you have to settle! This where you can allow your mind to run wild with your list of wants, as well as your needs.
In addition to the many online resources listed on @thecarmaven, we can work with you directly, on your behalf, to ensure you are getting a good deal financially, so that you truly can retain the emotions and also reserve some funds for later on. You may decide later on that you want to tint your windows, or add a bike rack, or maybe even install some flashy rims for your wheels. So, it's ok to take the time and use the resources available to you to find what you truly want. The landscape has evolved so drastically around the way people shop for & buy cars. As recently as 2005, shoppers would visit an average of 5 dealers prior to making a purchase decision. Today that number has dwarfed to only 1-2. This reflects the evolution of the shopping and buying process, and it continues to change and fast! There is no wrong way to shop for and select your vehicle so that the excitement is there for you!
Once you narrow down your wants & needs, be sure you are equally selective in choosing the dealer AND the sales consultant. You should feel that your sales person, as well as the culture of the dealership welcome your enthusiasm and fuels it! In my experience as a sales person, my favorite part of the process was seeing the excitement in a customer's expression when they found that one vehicle that got their engine revved up! That kind of feeling is the emotion that you should feel throughout the process, and as you go about loving your new ride.
SOURCE: John W. Sear, Contributor, Raving Car Fanatic
John W. Sear
A graduate of Pittsburgh State University, a nationally ranked, accredited institution for the automotive field, John has chosen a field of work that enables him to live his passion for cars. John has held positions in automotive retail and aftermarket management, with Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and 4 Wheel Parts Performance Centers, where he manages the social media efforts for the company. In his off hours, John spends his time working on his favorite vehicles, and is the Founder & Co-founder of the Saab Club of Missouri & the Saab Club of Oklahoma. He also serves on the board of the Saab Club of North America.