Avoid These Dealer Options While Buying a New Vehicle

Plenty of dealer options are worthwhile, but you might as well light that cash on fire with some others. Here’s a list of five dealer options to avoid at all costs.

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Get Your New Car Delivered to Your Home

One of the worst parts of shopping for a new car is sitting at the dealership for hours on end, dealing with car sales people and finance managers. What few people know is that you can actually have your new car delivered to your home, expediting the process and making it convenient to you.

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Study: Customer Treatment Trumps Price When Buying a Car

This might be an obvious piece of information, but it’s always nice to have proof – a recent study shows that when buying a new vehicle, dealer treatment is a major reason why consumers choose to buy from a specific dealer over another.

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Leftovers Vs. New Models: What's the Best Deal for New-Car Buyers?

Fall is in the air. Besides looking to the calendar, you can always tell that autumn is just around the corner because the new cars for 2011 are making an appearance in a big way (manufacturers introduce new models throughout the year, but autumn remains the official start of the new automotive year). So with a new year of vehicles popping up, new-car buyers ask themselves the age-old question: Am I better off to wait for the new models to come out or should I buy a leftover at the end of the season? The answer: maybe.

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Can the Average American Family Afford to Buy a Car?

What can you afford these days? It’s not a set of wheels, because numbers released recently show that the average American family can’t afford a car.

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Quality and Fuel Economy Influences Most Car Buyers

Car buyers are pretty loyal – they tend to stick with the same brand when it comes time to buying a new car. But if they were to switch sides, a new Consumer Reports survey says that higher quality, better fuel economy, and a lower price are the big three factors influencing their decision.

This telephone survey was conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, and they interviewed more than 1,700 adults whose household owns at least one vehicle.

The results showed that brand attachment varies by age and gender. Women are more likely to stick to a brand – 54 percent of women would purchase a new car that is the same make as they currently own. And brand loyalty seems to be prevalent in older drivers as well. According to drivers over 35 years old, over 50 percent plan to stay with the brand they already own. Younger drivers are more fickle – only 41 percent of drivers aged 18 to 34 years old would buy the same brand again.

It also seems that money can’t buy you love or loyalty. Results from this survey show that household income does not play a role in car brand loyalty. When compared to drivers who pulled in a modest salary, affluent consumers were nearly equal in their attachment to a brand.

What does come from this research is it proves that car buyers are, not surprisingly, attracted to the highest quality and most value for the money. Basically, our purchasing influences are those that can save money up front, at the pump, and in the long run. For more car buying motivators, see the graph after the jump.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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