When Buying a Car, Avoid the Five Most Common Mistakes

Car Expert Weighs in on the Wisest Ways to Purchase a Quality Vehicle
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Sept. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- (DALLAS, TX) September 26, 2012 — Choosing the right car is one of the hardest purchasing decisions people have to make. With all the bartering skills it requires, many people feel underprepared when negotiating and wonder whether they got the best possible deal. There are also so many different cars to choose from that the options can be dizzying.

Starwood Motors president Davis Speight, who has more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, has solid advice to offer buyers going through the process. When choosing a car, Speight says there are five common mistakes that are simple to avoid.

First, the color of a car can make or break what the car is worth over time. Black cars hold their value longer than any other color for resale or trading in Why is this? Because black cars are classic and will sell the best. On the other hand, a blue car with tan interiors may not sell as quickly. If you want a car that will have great resale or trading value, choose black.

Another mistake buyers make is not buying from a dealer. Buying from a dealer provides a safety net. If you purchase directly from an individual, there’s no one to turn to if something goes wrong with the car sooner than expected. Dealers are mindful of the vehicles they sell. They screen vehicles for wear and tear, and have an interest in upholding their reputation. This professional relationship between buyer and dealer gives the buyer an extra level of insurance.

This is the generation of online consumer research, but be wary of relying too much on online guides such as Kelly Blue Book or Edmunds for an accurate price. These sites only take a snapshot of the market to create their data, which isn’t always true to value. Research more thoroughly using websites such as autotrader.com or cars.com to compare what vehicles are selling for across the country and gain a broader perspective before making final decisions.

If you find a dream car at a substantially lower price, there is usually a good reason for the price difference. The car may have been involved in an accident, is lacking important features, or perhaps just has a less desirable color. Buying directly from a dealer will allow you better insight into a car’s past and reasons for the lower price.

Finally, the most important rule a buyer should remember is to learn the vehicle’s history. These facts can be found on autocheck.com or carfax.com. All that is needed is the car’s VIN number.

If buyers can avoid these five mistakes, they will have a much higher chance of buying a quality car they will be able to enjoy and rely on for years.

About Starwood Motors

Starwood Motors is Dallas’s most trusted pre-owned car dealer and customization shop. From basic family cars to the most luxurious vehicles in the world, every car at Starwood has been carefully detailed and refurbished to be like new. Starwood is one of only a few dealers in Texas that is licensed to sell all makes and models of both new and pre-owned vehicles.

Starwood has a unique approach to the car buying and selling business that starts with educated salespeople and ends with satisfied customers who come back again and again for every car related need, whether it’s a simple oil change or a trade in. Consignment programs make selling or trading a car painless and economical, and Starwood’s trusted track record for excellence means every buyer is confident in their purchase. They are also experts at overhauling and customizing Jeeps for any adventure enthusiast.

Learn more about Starwood Motors by visiting www.starwoodmotors.com.


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