It was reported that of all car buying stressors, 44% of people list “the haggling process” as their number one stressor. This figure was followed by 20% of people listing “choosing which car to buy next,” 17% as “deciding if I need to buy another car or not,” 11% as “choosing where to buy the car from,” and 7% as “working out if I can afford to run the car or not.” No matter which reason(s) you agree with most, one thing is abundantly clear: the car buying process is often stressful!
Add on to these factors the stress of making the best purchase decision for your family, and the experience can become completely overwhelming. Thankfully, there are tips that you can follow to make the car buying process far more relaxing and effortless.
Research vehicles from the comfort of your home
Are you one of the 44% of people who would list “the haggling process” as your number one stressor when buying a family vehicle? Not to worry! Technology has made it possible to browse safe vehicle options for your family from the comfort of your own home. Rather than starting to look at vehicles in-person without knowing their true value, or details on their special features, calmly compare the pros and cons on your computer instead. By knowing what is fair to pay in advance, you can feel less stress when trying to negotiate a good deal. You can also feel confident in choosing another dealership to work with if you are unable to agree upon a reasonable price.
Set your budget prior to speaking with a sales professional
Express reported in 2017 that “over their lifetime the average British motorists will…spend £168,880.” With the high lifetime cost of vehicle ownership, it is especially important to select a vehicle that is priced right for your family’s needs. When you haven’t set a firm budget prior to working with a car sales professional, it can be easy to spend far more than you would like. Rather than risking the possibility of spending thousands of pounds more, examine your current family budget to see how much you can afford. Once you begin your car buying journey, be sure to stick with the number upon which you’ve decided.
Practise saying “no”
Are you someone who can easily be convinced into buying things that you don’t need, or aren’t right for you? If so, it’s time to practise saying “no” (respectfully, of course) before arriving at the dealership. Finding a car that suits your budget, your needs, and your style should be of top interest. If the car sales professional you are working with suggests a style or features that don’t make sense for your family, it is perfectly ok to decline the recommendation and move on to something else. Never feel guilty for communicating what’s best for your individual situation!
When looking for your family’s next vehicle, adhering to the above tips before and during your experience can reduce your stress levels significantly. In addition to these tips, be sure to enter the car buying process with a positive mindset to bring added calm and relaxation.