Car Buying Process

The Car Buying Process at Kia of Alhambra

The Car Buying Process at Kia of Alhambra

Overview


Buying a car is certainly easier today than it has been in years past. Some people imagine a very convoluted and difficult buying process, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s much easier than people think, and involves a fairly straight-forward step-by-step process:

Step 1: Research and Budget

Step 1: Research and Budget


The first stage is to consider what brand of car you want and how much you can spend. It’s a rich and varied marketplace, so consider first your needs and which brand and model will best be able to cater to those needs. Don’t get too taken in by brand hype or fancy marketing and advertising campaigns.

For your budget plan, follow the 20-4-10 rule as a guiding principle. You should be able to put down a 20-percent down payment on the vehicle, paying for it over 4 years, with the monthly payments and insurance premium not being more than 10 percent of your pre-tax income. If you can meet those requirements, you’ll always be in the “affordable” zone.

Step 2: Visit Kia of Alhambra


Once you’ve selected your brand and model, visit Kia of Alhambra and see what’s on offer. We'll likely have on-site inventory and some that is in a satellite storage unit some distance away. Don’t feel pressured to buy just what’s on the lot if it doesn’t meet your needs. Kia of Alhambra is always happy with a sale, regardless if it’s a unit on or off the lot.

Step 2: Visit Kia of Alhambra
Step 3: Test Drive

Step 3: Test Drive


The test drive of the model you want is absolutely essential. How will you know if the car can fit into your daily driving life unless you thoroughly test it first? During your test drive, you should try to use all of the car’s controls and features, not just to see their efficacy, but also to see how easy they are to operate.

Drive the car on residential streets and on high-speed roads if you can, to give you an idea of how it handles and feels in different situations. Perform some simple maneuvers, too, like a parallel park, or three-point turn. Ensure that driver visibility is optimal, and that the car is comfortable and enjoyable to drive.

Step 4: Review Price and Financing Options


Once you’re happy with the car model, it’s time to talk price and financing options with Kia of Alhambra. It’s great that you can do all of this in one place without the hassle of dealing with multiple parties in your purchase. First, you’ll have to decide whether you want to be on the path to owning the car outright, or take the leasing route. Both have their pluses and minuses. If you know you only need the car for a fixed period, then leasing is helpful, but if you’re getting a family car for longer-term use, then regular financing is better.

Step 4: Review Price and Financing Options
Step 5: Negotiate

Step 5: Negotiate


One of the best things about working exclusively with Kia of Alhambra is the scope for negotiation. Competition between dealerships is tough, and they’re invariably glad to keep discussions open in order to secure and close more sales. Always try to negotiate the details with the salesperson, including financing interest rate, term length, sales price of the vehicle, and any extras that might come with it. You can sometimes gain further negotiating power if you opt for a model that’s already on the Kia of Alhambra lot.

Step 6: Introduce Your Trade-in (If Applicable)


It’s better to first agree things like the sales price, interest and other details before you bring in your trade-in car. Don’t worry about it being awkward to mention it late. You can just say that you initially intended to keep this car, but have changed your mind since. The trade-in will further enhance your financial deal if you have one, easing some pressure from your monthly payments.

Step 6: Introduce Your Trade-in (If Applicable)
Step 7: Complete the Deal and Collect

Step 7: Complete the Deal and Collect


After all that, the only thing left to do is sign on the dotted line and then collect your vehicle when it’s ready. It could take a few days depending on what kind of options package you have requested, and the brand of car that you have chosen.

Conclusion: Follow the Steps, Get the Best Deal


Buying a car is about being careful and methodical. If you follow all the given steps, you’ll have no problems and a very happy car buying experience. Too many people end up with the wrong car because they don’t take a considered approach to the car buying process. We hope our step-by-step guide proves useful to buyers everywhere.

Conclusion: Follow the Steps, Get the Best Deal

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