Maybe your current vehicle is getting old, or perhaps it’s your first time, but you’ve decided to buy a new car. At Huffines Kia Corinth, we believe the car buying experience should be enjoyable and stress-free. However, the process can get complicated quickly if you don’t focus on what’s important.
We’ve helped many shoppers find the right vehicle over the years. We don’t sell you a car; we help you find the perfect fit for your needs and budget. And we stand behind every sale with our world-class service center. So as you go through the process, we put together this list of things to consider to help you make an informed decision.
Plan Your Budget
Of course, most buyers care about how much they spend. Whether on a new car or a pair of socks, you want the best price. You want to ensure your new car fits your budget, but you must look at more than your monthly payment. Buyers need to consider the other costs associated with a new car.
Insurance premiums are higher on new vehicles for several reasons. First, replacing a new car costs more, so you pay more for coverage. Second, insurance companies require full collision protection if you have a car loan. As a result, if you’re trading in a car that’s 5 to 10 years old, you can expect to pay more for insurance.
We recommend you contact your insurance provider and let them quote you on vehicles you’re interested in buying. This way, you can put that in your budget.
It would help if you also considered maintenance and fuel costs. Finding a reliable car from Kia helps keep maintenance costs down. However, if you go from an economical four-cylinder engine to a larger V-6, you can expect to pay more for gas.
Create a List of Must-Haves
Listing what you need helps you save time shopping for cars. We also suggest you list features you don’t want or need. Creating these lists helps you and the salesperson identify vehicles that suit your needs for a faster shopping experience. You also save money by avoiding paying for features you don’t need or will never use.
Keep in mind that wants and needs are different. So list which features you want but could perhaps live without. For example, new Kia vehicles have great comfort and technology packages that elevate your Corinth commute. However, if you’re going to stay on budget, you can eliminate cars with features you might want but don’t need.
Too often, we hear stories of people buying a car with all the bells and whistles simply because the vehicle came with them. Then, after driving their new car for a while, they realize they don’t want, need, or in some cases, even use these features. If the features on a car aren’t on your needs list, we recommend you continue searching or work with our sales team to factory-order your dream vehicle.
Take Emotion Out of the Equation
Buying a vehicle is a big financial commitment and one you shouldn’t take lightly. That’s why we suggest you don’t fall in love with a particular vehicle. Falling in love brings emotion to your decision and can result in poor choices.
For example, if you’ve always dreamed of a flashy sports car or a lifted pickup, you’re less likely to overlook features it does or doesn’t have that don’t fit your criteria. Or you might pay more than you budgeted to make that dream come true.
Understand the Vehicle’s Value
At Huffines Kia Corinth, Texas, we have a clear pricing approach that’s easy to understand. You get a great price on a great car, period. However, some dealerships don’t take this same approach. Instead, they inflate their prices and then offer various incentives and packages that confuse buyers.
You can use any number of online sources to get accurate values on new cars. Then, when you arrive at a dealership, you already know the value of the car you’re interested in and won’t end up paying more than it’s worth. When you purchase a new Kia from Huffines Kia Corinth in Texas, you’ll know you received a fair price on a quality vehicle.
Find a Reputable Dealer
Kia has a strong reputation in the industry. However, not every dealership enjoys the same quality reputation. You might encounter high-pressure sales tactics or bait-and-switch gimmicks as you shop. Beware of these dealerships, as they only care about their bottom line, not yours.
For example, if a salesperson tells you a deal expires today, you should leave. Or if they say another buyer is coming to look at the same car later, we recommend you walk away. Unsavory salespeople use these tactics to pressure you into making a decision.
At Huffines Kia Corinth, we train our salespeople as consultants. You’ll be greeted by a professional and treated with the courtesy and respect you deserve. Our staff will ask you a few simple questions to understand your needs, wants, and budget, which then helps them find you the perfect car.
Research Vehicles Online
Today’s online market allows you to shop from the comfort of your home. You can see features, get pricing, and read reviews. This information helps you pick a car that suits you. Savvy buyers do their research and avoid dealerships with bad reputations. They also get the best prices.
Practice Saying No
You must be prepared to walk away from a deal that doesn’t fit your needs, wants, or budget. We recommend you practice saying no before you shop. With practice, you won’t feel put on the spot when presented with a deal you don’t like.
Test Drive a New Kia in Corinth Today
Now you’ve researched vehicles and built a budget, it’s time to visit Huffines Kia Corinth, Texas, for the fun part: shopping for a new car. Our quality reputation, convenient location, and competitive prices make us the logical place to buy a new Kia. We have an expansive selection of vehicles to suit any lifestyle and budget. You can browse our inventory online or visit us on South Interstate 35E anytime. One of our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help find the perfect car for you.