Buying a Kia (or any new car) is exciting, but some people also see it as tedious and inconvenient. It doesn’t have to be! We are committed to make the car buying process as simple and easy as possible. If you want to make your car shopping experience fast and fun, we have a few tips to kick start the process and make sure you have all of the necessary information you need to find the right Kia, at the right price.
1. Get pre-approved for a loan.
While you don’t have to get your own car loan or seek out your own financing, being pre-approved for a loan can shorten the car buying process. Anyone who has purchased a car before knows that the process that takes the longest is the actually buying part, not looking at cars or going on test drives. Being pre-approved may also make it easier to get a better interest rate when you finance your car purchase, whether you go with an outside loan or with financing from our dealership.
2. Research Kia vehicles online.
Starting your car buying process in the comfort of your own home is a great way to narrow down which models you actually want to look at. Having an idea of what kind of cars we have in our showroom, before you step onto the lot, allows you to cut out the time you might spend looking at a truck or SUV when what you really want is a sedan (or vice versa). Either way, knowing which Kia models you want to see and familiarizing yourself with gas mileage numbers, the colors each vehicle comes in, the trim levels, etc. can jumpstart the entire buying process.
3. Price your trade-in.
If you have a car that you want to trade in, it can be helpful to use an online tool to see how much that car might be worth. Most tools require you to enter the make and model of your car and to give it a “quality” rating, based on damage to the paint, interior, mechanics, etc. These tools will then spit out a price that can give you a good baseline idea of how much that car is worth. Often, when you actually bring the car in, it will be worth more than those online estimates and can seriously offset the price of a brand new Kia.
4. Research what deals the manufacturer and dealership are offering.
Both manufacturer and dealership will often be running specials that can make buying a car far more affordable. Having these deals in mind, especially if they refer only to a specific model or model year, can help the dealership point you towards the vehicles with the best prices. When you come in armed with information about specials and discounts, you’re much more likely to find the right car, at a great price for your budget. Even a car that would normally be out of your price range, and therefore would not be on your radar, with a special might be perfectly inside your budget.
5. Call ahead.
Again, this isn’t a necessary step, but if you’re looking to test drive a very specific car, letting us know that you’re coming can shorten the process. That way, we can have the car or cars out and ready to go when you arrive. This means you have to spend less time waiting and more time actually test driving the cars and making a decision. Calling ahead also usually allows us to make sure we have one of our staff free to help you the moment you drive onto the lot.
6. Discuss financing options.
Unless you’re going to pay for your Kia outright, you’re probably going to want to discuss financing options. We offer a number of great financing options that make it easy to get the car that you want, with a monthly payment that won’t break the bank. Especially if you have a trade in you’re going to offer our dealership, talking directly with us about your financing is usually the best way to get an accurate interest rate and monthly payment. While online tools can give you a good idea, only talking to us directly will give you the best idea of your options.
7. Sign the paperwork.
Again, the most time consuming part of car buying is actually making the purchase. We work to make sure this process is not as protracted as most people believe it will be. After we’ve discussed financing and set up a payment schedule, all that’s really left to do is to make the down payment and sign the paperwork. At our dealership, we truncate the process so you don’t have to sit and wait for hours in order to get your Kia.
8. Take a tour of your new car.
Even if you’ve test driven the exact car that you just purchased, there are probably some things you don’t know about it yet. The salesperson will walk you through all the basics and little features of your car, from how to turn on the high beams to connecting your phone to the Bluetooth. This stage gives you a crash course in how to drive your car. Take a moment to flip through the owner’s manual before you drive off the lot.
These steps should make the car buying process much shorter and much easier! When you come to our lot with a little research under your belt and a little bit of knowledge about what you’re looking for and how much you want to pay, we can get you into the right car quickly.