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August 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/Display_and_Test_Drive.jpgWhether you’re looking to get a new family vehicle for back to school time or you’re taking advantage of model year sales at the local lot, August is a great time to buy a car. Here are five tips to help you make sure your new purchase is the right one.

Make sure you know what you’re looking for and you stick to your plan, don’t just wander onto the lot to see what cars are out there. If you’re looking for a family car, bring the kids on the test drive. Kids can tell you if the seats are comfortable, if there’s enough storage space and you can see whether the car is big enough to handle everyone.

Second, although it’s what’s on the inside that counts, walk around the vehicle and inspect it closely, even if it’s brand new and never been off the lot. If it’s a used car and you see damage, ask the owner about it, and be sure they tell you about any collisions. If it’s a new car, check for accents like custom paint jobs. If you don’t want those extras, ask to see a different car: Little things like paint striping can add hundreds of dollars to your purchase.

For your actual test drive, take the vehicle for a long spin, being sure to drive at different speeds. If it’s a used car, listen for any strange noises when going over bumps, and while turning. And, new or used, run all the accessories: The A/C, the stereo and even the DVD player, if the car comes with one.

Beyond function, is the car comfortable to drive? Are the main controls easy to access and intuitive? Are the displays easy to read at a glance? Is it easy to see out all parts of the car, ensuring you’ll notice hazards before it’s too late? A car can look beautiful in the lot but be a nightmare to handle on the road.

After the drive, be prepared to ask questions. If it’s a used car, ask if the seller has been the only owner, and if they have records of routine maintenance and repairs. The more you know about the car’s history, the better.

Always take your time, and never let a salesman or a seller push you to make a purchase. Follow these tips and make sure you find your perfect car.

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