Print Posted By Raj Singh on 12/06/2017 in Food

Your First Car in Canada? Read this first!

Your First Car in Canada? Read this first!

6 Essential Car Buying Tips for the First-time Family Car Buyers in Canada

The verdict is in. A family car is no longer dismissible, and you have decided to get one immediately. This is a big step of course, and even bigger if you consider the damage and losses you may incur in case of a bad purchase decision. If this isn’t your first time owning a car, you may know what to do. If it really is your first time, here is a starter: buying a new family car isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s more than just ‘walk in and point out the car of your choice.’ If you want to be proud of your purchase, there are a few things to consider. In this article, we give you a few tips to remember before going shopping for a new family car.

1. Do the necessary research first

What is the average price of the car you are planning to buy? Have you compared its prices on different websites? How is it ranked against other cars in its size and price scale? What technology does it run on (fuel or electric?) How many folks can it carry?

Those are some of the questions to ask before stepping into a dealer shop to buy a car. Buying a car requires a great deal of prior research in order to make smart choices that cover at least 90% of your family’s car needs. Knowing a thing or two about the car you want also helps your bargaining chances with car salesmen greatly.

Look out for car review websites and magazines to discover the available car models that fit your preferred specifications. Review websites will break down everything for you too, right from fuel consumption to potential tax breaks per state.

2. Know your financing option, and how it works

You can pay cash, get financing or get your family car on a lease basis. That’s three great options to choose from, if you don’t consider the intricacies involved. If you don’t have prior knowledge of either of these payment means, talk to an expert for quick guidance. Make sure you know how each would work in your situation, and then choose the ideal one for your purchase.

3. List down the specifications you will need

Family cars are different from personal, singleton-oriented cars. The difference is usually bared within the specs, most of which are determined by what the average family would use a car for. That’s why you need to know what you want in a car. Because it’s a family car, you may need more leg room, more trunk space, additional features like mini-TVs, sliding doors and more. Other factors to consider include whether it will be electric or not. List all these features down before going out to browse cars. It will save you hours of futile research.

4. Know the best time to buy

Seasoned car buyers will tell you that there are particular hours of the day and months of the year in which you can snag a very juicy deal on your dream family car without the hassle of excessive bargaining. Basing on their ‘whispers’, the best time to buy a car in Canada is in the early months of the year, right after the festive season, and in the evening hours of the last day of any given month. Their reasoning? In both situations, car dealers are either panicky to meet their monthly sales goals or experiencing low sales due to the season of the year. The result? Fair car deals that you’d never get at any other time.

5. Ensure you get to test drive all your prospective cars

Most, if not all car dealerships will allow you to test drive a car before making a final decision. Judging a car by its glossy finish, affordable price tag or your friend’s review isn’t the smart way to make a choice. Take every car you’ve considered out on a test drive to feel its ‘insides’ before you decide. And while at it, feel out the seats, gauge its space, max out its speed and more!

6. Ask for your family’s input

It’s a family car – their car, to put it bluntly. It doesn’t make sense to go out and buy one without their input unless they’re never going to use. If you wish to avoid daily complaints over car specs you thought were perfect, ask for your family’s input from the very beginning. Ask them what they’d like in a car. Look around to see their personal needs (students that carry huge music instruments to school, moms that have large shopping carts etc. etc.) and incorporate them into the specs already listed above.


Bonus Tip: Know the MRSP and dealer’s price before hand - and get ready to bargain against it.

If you are really bent on buying a new family car, well and good. There’s lots of beautiful, spacious and eco-friendly car brands made in Canada, in addition to the luxury and budget brands from Asia, Europe and beyond. Whatever your choice, we hope the tips above can help you avoid simple errors and make your purchase memorable.

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