10 Mistakes that Car Buyers Make – Bob Aldons
Here’s the second of the 10 Mistakes that Car Buyers Make. It’s Bob Aldons, founder of Car Business here with 10 vital tips on how to avoid the mistakes that the typical new car buyer in Australia will make today when they’re out shopping for a new car. If you want to skip my posts and get the whole 10 in one hit, visit my website http://carbusiness.com.au
Car Business is a multi-dimensional automotive company that aims to help you to buy your new car for a better price than you can do on your own. Based on the Redcliffe Peninsula about 15 minutes from Brisbane Airport and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Car Business is located in an area that allows us to pick and choose from Brisbane’s finest new cars for sale.
The ‘go to’ Brisbane car buying agents, Car Business, is so much better than a car broker – first and foremost, Car Business is an experienced Car Buyer’s Advocacy service. Our experienced staff will stand alongside you, and act on your behalf to help you buy your new car at a better price than you can directly through new car dealers.
2) Not taking a test drive
According to statistics from the USA, one in six buyers didn’t even drive the new car they were considering before they bought. Another third took a short round the block 10-minute drive in the passenger seat with the salesperson driving the car and even then it wasn’t the car that the customer actually wanted to buy. Just something similar. That’s not a clever way to start the car buying journey.
Whilst you’ll learn a lot online, you can only take in so much. I’ve had customers come through my dealerships with clip-boards and scores of pages of data about the car they were interested in. Would you buy a new pair of shoes or an expensive suit or dress without trying them on? So why then would you buy the second most significant item you’ll ever buy without “trying it on”? I’ve personally had situations where I’ve insisted a customer drive a car before signing a contract. And even on occasions had them thank me for my insistence when they found that the car they had selected wasn’t the right one for them.
Before ultimately selecting the ‘right one’ you need to inspect competitor brands too. If you’ve been driving your current car for a long while, any new car will feel great. And remember the smell – it will get you every time. Mad whilst you might think that your brand is the best, you should understand that other manufacturers have lifted their quality of their brands significantly in the last 3 or 4 years. In Australia, Toyota is still the most popular brand followed by Mazda and then Hyundai. Traditional Australian brands of Ford and Holden have slipped down the sales ladder whilst Mazda and Hyundai have climbed. Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Nissan as well as Volkswagen have some fantastic products that they didn’t have 5 years ago when you bought your last new car. Well worth checking them out for value and features.
My advice is to visit at least 4 dealers and drive various style of the model you’re considering. Remember this purchase is significant in time and value so make a commitment to take at least 2 or 3 days to get your selection right. A lot of dealers will try their hardest to limit the time they spend with you driving cars and they’ll push for a commitment pretty early. Don’t be sucked into their game. If you’re not happy that they’re working with you, walk away. If you’re content with the process they’re taking you on, keep going. But make absolutely sure that you take control. Drive as many cars as you want to and drive the car where you want to drive not where they want you to drive. If you plan to do a lot of highway driving insist that you want to take it on the highway, not around residential streets. If you’re doing mostly city driving, try your best to drive it in heavy city traffic.
One other trick that dealers will try on you is to test drive you in a high spec model they have. It always drives better. Don’t be caught out. Insist that you drive the actual car (maybe not the colour) you’re going to buy. Remember the shoes? It’s way beyond the capacity of most buyers to return a car that turns out to be a bad fit.
Every article I write is targeted at providing as much information for car owners and prospective car buyers.
Above anything else, Car Business is a company that provides automotive advice for car owners who don’t have access to experts. Am I an expert? I’ve been in the car business for over 38 years, and while there are areas where I’ll reach out to friends and acquaintances for advice, I’ve got a pretty good grasp of most aspects of the business. I’ve been called a lot of things in my time – Car Doctor, Car Professor or The Car Guy, but whenever someone wants some sensible advice, they call me.
I don’t charge for advice, whether it’s on the phone, via email or face to face. I’m happy to provide my expertise whenever I can. So if you want to chat to The Car Guru, get in touch.
I have access to good quality cars – you can see them on Cars Guide. Just click here [Cars Guide] to view our current stock of vehicles.
Other parts of my business that you may find the need to use from time to time are:
www.genuinespares.com.au. This is an online spare parts store for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Volkswagen and Isuzu Ute. I’ve got thousands of mechanical and panel parts plus Mopar (Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa) T-Shirts, tyres, and alloy wheels as well. If you’re looking for a hard to get replacement part for any of these brands, or you just want to get a better price than retail on any car brand, let me know. And you won’t pay inflated replacement parts prices either. I’ve priced my stock at a discounted value to compete with the USA and Europe spare parts prices but with local delivery charges
We’re local agents for Williams Paint and Interior Protection as well as AutoGard and CleanGard car products and SunX window tinting. The Same story applies. This is an area that car dealers want to make an amazing amount of profit – up to 100% in some cases. Don’t get ripped off by the franchise car dealers – check us out for a local competitive price on car protection products, window tinting, and engine products.
I’m pleased to advise that in 2015 I was awarded the franchise for 1800Approved Finance. As a local finance company, we’re able to provide a better level of service than the local car dealers as well as pretty competitive rates. SO before you sign on the dotted line, let us compare rates on finance and insurance for you – no obligation. If you’re looking for finance for a new or used car, or any other worthwhile purpose, our company can assist – even if you’ve had some troubling financial issues.
BLOG – I write a new Blog for my website a couple of times a week. If you’d like to read some of the stories I’ve written just click here.
If you ever need that advice, reach out. My contact information is:
Phone: 0418 748 498
Visit: 226 Anzac Avenue Kippa-Ring Queensland (by appointment only)
Mail: PO Box 195 Clontarf Q 4019
Warm regards and remember to drive carefully
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