How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse
How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse
Car buying is an exciting time. Something about polished paint, gleaming tires, and that new car smell that entices impulsiveness. Jumping in and seeing yourself cruising down the road often elicits feelings of joy and spontaneity. Occasionally, this spontaneity gives some buyers regrets a year or two down the road. Everyone who has ever purchased a vehicle is familiar with buyer’s remorse. We strive to ensure our customers at Airport Auto Sales do not have buyer’s remorse.
We compiled a list of some of the most common regrets we see on our Buy Here Pay Here lot and how to best avoid them for getting used cars in Stafford, VA
Probably the most common regret that we see on our Buy Here Pay Here lot at Airport Auto Sales is buying a vehicle that is too small. It can be hard to anticipate what life may throw at you in the span of three years but growing families should think about growing children. Many parents regret purchasing a car instead of a van or SUV with a third row of seating. While many customers are initially intimidated by the larger options such as Honda Pilots, Chevrolet Suburbans, and GMC Yukons, few families regret the larger options. We highly recommend our potential purchasers to bring their entire family with them for a test drive so they can feel how comfortable the vehicle is fully loaded up.
Another common regret is a vehicle that is not fuel efficient. Many customers on our Buy Here Pay Here lot at Airport Auto Sales that look at sedans and small SUVs do not always ask about engine size. Many of our Chevrolet Malibus, Nissan Altimas, and Toyota Camrys, Toyota Highlanders, Ford Escapes, and Mercury Mariners come in either a four or six cylinder option. The difference between a four and six cylinder option can be great when it comes to fuel efficiency. While a six cylinder engine will always be more powerful, it can also be drastically more expensive to fuel up. For example, a 2008 Toyota Camry four cylinder gets 21 city and 31 highway mpg while the six cylinder option gets 18 city and 26 highway. Make sure to ask about engine size and fuel economy when looking at your next vehicle, especially if the vehicle is offered with several different engine sizes.
The overall price of a vehicle often leads to regrets down the road. Choosing a vehicle that makes for a tight budget creates regret when customers fall on hard times. It is impossible to anticipate life changes like job loss or severe illness, but choosing a vehicle that allows your budget some saving space can help. Another option is to purchase the vehicle with one month’s payments stowed away as emergency funds. Many customers begin struggling within the first month of financial trouble. A month’s worth of payments stowed away can help owners of financed vehicles have time to come up with more funds.
Whether it is a scratch you didn’t see or higher payments than you can afford, buying regrets do happen to everyone. We at Airport Auto Sales encourage our customers to take their time looking at our inventory on our Buy Here Pay Here lot, taking the vehicle on a lengthy test drive, and even taking the vehicle to a trusted mechanic for a checkout. Being comfortable with your purchase choice is incredibly important to us and we want to ensure you will not wake up with any regrets.