9 Responses to “Car shopping”

  1. Diane January 30, 2008 at 10:14 PM #

    If you are really thinking of a new vehicle, use a car broker. You select the type of car and they do all the looking for you. We used one when buying our new van in October. He got the vehicle at fleet price so we saved a ton of money and no hassles negotiating a price.

  2. Angie January 30, 2008 at 10:55 PM #

    Thanks, Diane. My husband is skeptical. He jeered at me when I mentioned it, lol. :chair:

  3. Ann January 31, 2008 at 1:21 AM #

    Good luck car hunting. :chair:

  4. Chris Redding January 31, 2008 at 9:17 AM #

    1. The broker is a good idea if you aren’t particular about the options in the car. You can get things pretty reasonably priced.

    2. I’ll hire out my husband. He’s checking out his next car six months after he buys the new car. And we keep our cars for 6-8 years. He can tell you anything about almost any car.

  5. Diane January 31, 2008 at 9:34 AM #

    The one we went through sent a list of all the options available. We picked what we had to have and then a list of what would be nice to have. The vehicle was just what we wanted with no extras.

  6. Dana Marie Bell January 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM #

    When we bought my van, we sat down and decided what type of car it would be. My car is the “family” car, so it had to be either an SUV with enough room for two adults and two rowdy boys or a minivan. Our old CRV was just too small for four. Then we did research on-line to see what we could find.

    We wanted certain options like having the folding back seats and the on-board video for the kids. I also wanted to know how well it handled since I don’t want to drive something that moves like a pregnant yak.

    Once we knew what we wanted THEN we went to the dealership and test drove our two choices, and in the end it came down to price since we liked them both. It made things a lot less painful to know going in what we wanted. Once we made the choice I let him deal with the salesman while I kept the kids occupied.

    Hope that helps!

    P.S.: My husband loves his used Toyota Echo. Great gas mileage, gets him back and forth to work, it’s a stick so he gets that “sports car” feel and it was certified used so had something of a warranty. AND it has a (albeit small) back seat for when he HAS to use his car to take the kids somewhere. The only drawback is I can’t drive a stick, so if my car is in the shop he’s stuck doing all the driving.

  7. Crystal January 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM #

    Doing your research and narrowing down choices definitely helps before even going to a lot. When DH went to get his new car (well, new to him ) he had checked out reviews, test ratings and such. After he’d figured out what he wanted I looked online and found something similar but with better safety ratings, etc. And I believe our present car is roomier than the original one he was looking at (the salesman joked we could get three bodies in the trunk.) Our car had been a lease vehicle in its previous lifetime so it’s in great shape, is practically new (because of course the company always wants the newest ), and still has warranty time left on it.

  8. Tera Kleinfelter January 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM #

    Oh man do I know about having broken down cars sitting around. We each have a sports car, and while they’re not “broken down” per se, they both need A LOT of work. If you’re looking for an SUV, get a Jeep Cherokee. Mylea and I love his so much that I’m getting one this spring so that we’ll each have our own. 🙂 We even convinced my mom and dad to get one and they love theirs, too.

  9. Jaci Burton February 1, 2008 at 9:17 PM #

    I love car shopping. Want me to come buy a car for you? Um, with your money of course.

    :giggle:

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