Graduating college and joining the “real world” is a huge milestone, and it can be kind of scary. Like many recent college grads, you may be thinking of buying a new car. At Eastside Mazda, we’re here to help you with the process and make it as easy as possible. Here are a few tips you’ll want to follow in the car-buying process:
Do your Research
Thought you were done with homework? Think again! You need to take some time to figure out what you need, or want, as a car buyer. Don’t know how to drive a stick? Make sure you only look at automatic transmissions. Want a new car that’s good for the environment? Look into Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology. If it’s safety you’re worried about, check out the Mazda3’s 5-Star Safety rating. You might even find special offers for recent grads or first-time buyers, like Mazda’s College Graduate Program. Make a list of all the features you want in your car and bring it to the dealership – we’ll guide you to your perfect ride.
Take your Time
Maybe you’re tired of driving that old clunker around town, or maybe you’re purchasing a car for the first time. Either way, don’t rush the process. Look at as many cars as you want and take notes so you can remember all the important facts. Car and Driver advises you not to purchase your car on the first visit. Take at least a night to think about your decision. You’ll be driving this new car for several years – you should be comfortable and happy with your decision.
Taking a car out for a test drive is like trying on clothes. It’s got to fit you! According to a Maritz Research survey, 80% of car buyers felt the test-drive was an influential or informative aspect of their car buying process. During the test drive you get to try out the car’s features, see how it handles and most importantly, get a whiff of that new car smell!
After you’ve purchased the perfect new Mazda for you, you’re still not done. Scheduling preventative maintenance is a necessity if you want to get the most out of your car. Having the correct tire pressure, clean air filters and the right oil can save you money while preserving the environment, says the U.S. Department of Energy. Sometimes little things can save you big and keep your car performing at tip-top condition!
When you’re ready to take the plunge into buying a new or pre-owned Mazda, come visit our friendly staff at Eastside Mazda. We’re located at 28400 Chardon Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH, 44092. Or give us a call at 877-689-0895.