Picking Up a New Car


You've gone through all the hard parts - the choosing, the financing, and now you're finally ready to take delivery of a new car. It's exciting, but it isn't as quick and low key as you may hope this part will be. There are certain things you'll need to be prepared for!

1.       Ask your salesman how much time you should plan to be there for. Depending on the car and what you need to do, this can be as little as 30 minutes to as long as 90. You don't want to be rushing your salesman through the orientation, especially if the new car has features you aren't familiar with.

2.       Make sure ALL the documentation you need is in order. You need to prove you have valid insurance coverage, valid plates and registration, and all your financial documents recorded. If you're trading in your old car, you'll need all the paperwork on that car as well.

3.       If you're trading in your old vehicle, it needs to be in the same condition it was at assessment. Give it a thorough cleaning, check (and double check) for any personal belongings, and make sure all the accessories are inside.

4.       Check the new car and make sure that all the features and accessories you ordered are installed, and that you understand how to use everything. This includes electronic systems, safety features, and even basics like emergency flashers, windshield wipers, and the different lights. Salesmen have said they get calls from customers often, asking how to find or use certain things even weeks after they've taken delivery.

Do your own inspection. If you see anything that isn't right, NOW is the time to mention it, not when you've driven it home. A good salesperson should be happy to go through this with you - they want you to leave happy too.

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