How To Make Your Car Buying Experience Easier

March 9,2021

Buying a car is an investment. For some, the process seems daunting and intimidating. It doesn’t have to be. At Journey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Christmas Way in Coquitlam, we are here for you! 
In our experience, there are a few things you can do to make yourself feel more confident about the process: think through your finances, narrow down your choices, be prepared, bring a buddy, don’t miss out on the test drive, and take your time.  
Think Finances 
For some, the financial piece of buying a car is the most stressful part of the entire car buying experience. Don’t worry! We’ve taken as much stress out of this part as we can. Quick credit applications, monthly payment calculators, and other helpful financing tools are available to take the unknowns out of the process. We advise customers to think carefully about a manageable monthly payment that makes sense. 
It may be that a used car best fits your budget, or makes better sense for your unique circumstances. We have a vast inventory of quality, reliable used cars from which you can choose, too.   
Knowledge is power! Don’t be afraid to reach out to us at any point in your purchase process regarding your financing. We may be able to alleviate unnecessary worry, and we can make helpful and professional recommendations.
Narrow Your Choices 
It is human nature to want all things. At Journey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we keep an extensive inventory of both new and used vehicles.
Think through your lifestyle and preferences carefully. Take this time to be discerning. We recommend you think through and even write down what you need (and what you want).  
What are your priorities? Are you a commuter looking for enhanced fuel economy? Do you enjoy the outdoors and need cargo space for travel and equipment? Are you starting a family and need more seating space? Maybe you’re ready to buy that dream car you’ve had your eye on. What about safety features? Have you always wanted a sunroof? Is the colour scheme a big deal?    
If you know what you’re looking for, the rest is easy! Build your own car, play with our accessory packages, and contact us with any questions. 
Be Prepared 
It’s not just a saying for Boy Scouts. Preparation relaxes even the most apprehensive buyer. Do your homework. Compare prices on your favourite makes and models. Look at the accessory packages available. Determine your credit score. Figure out your monthly payment range. Fill out our financing paperwork online. Write down any questions you may have for our salespeople. Then, approach your purchase with confidence and prepare yourself for a great experience! 

Bring a Buddy
Any time you make a big decision – buying a car, renting an apartment, or buying a house – bring along a trusted friend. It helps to have someone else absorbing information with you, maybe even writing down important pieces for discussion later. Grab a knowledgeable friend and bring them in with you to listen, and help you think through options. Besides, test drives are way more fun with a friend!   
Test Drives
Don’t miss out on the test drive. You’ve done your homework. You brought a friend. You are prepared. As old-school as it may sound, there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned test drive to determine whether or not you and your car are a good match. Maybe the interior is not what you’d thought it was at all? Does the sunroof you always wanted make the car interior too hot? Is the cupholder in an awkward spot for taking home takeout? You’ll never know unless you take the car for a spin. Don’t skimp on the test drive. It’s important for you to know exactly how you feel behind the wheel. We want you to be 100% happy and confident when you are ready to buy. We have nothing but time. Let’s go!           
Take Your Time 
Buy your vehicle on your timeline. We are only in a hurry if you are! Take your time looking at all the options we have available. Ask all your questions. Let us make professional suggestions for your consideration. Mull it over. We are ready only when you are.    
We understand in this unusual time when safety is a top concern, coming into the dealership may seem dangerous. Don’t worry! Now, you can buy a car from the comfort of your own home. Check it out! 
Buying a car should be easy. Following these simple steps and working with us can make it so. Call on Journey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today to get started.

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