Whether you’re looking to take advantage of year-end inventory clearance sales or upgrade to a new 2012 model, doing your homework before visiting the auto lot can make your new vehicle purchase much easier. Having all the necessary documentation with you when you visit the lot can also make the buying process much smoother and faster.
You’ll need to bring your driver’s license, proof of insurance, Social Security card, employer information and financial information from your bank and major credit cards. It’s also a good idea to bring your checkbook in case a down payment is required.
Depending on your credit, you may also need to provide a current phone bill, mortgage documentation or lease agreement, personal references including home addresses and phone numbers and your most recent pay stub.
If you’ll be trading in your current car or truck on the new vehicle, you’ll also need your title. Providing a repair and maintenance history can also help you get the most for your trade-in.
Fortunately, you can do a lot of “window shopping” online prior to ever setting foot on a dealer’s lot. Online browsing can save time and gas-money, and can be done at any time that’s convenient for you.
Keep in mind, however, that inventories can change rapidly and it can be a challenge for dealers to keep their Web sites updated with the most current information. If you find the vehicle you want online, it’s a good idea to call the dealer prior to your visit to ensure the vehicle you’re interested in is still available.
Once you arrive on the lot, you may find that a different vehicle strikes your fancy. But how will you know whether the deal they’re offering is the best you can get without doing a little comparative shopping? With the EveryCarListed mobile app, you’ll have all the information you need – right at your fingertips.
The EveryCarListed mobile app is a free download and is compatible with Apple’s iPod touch, iPad and iPhone and Android mobile devices.
Simply specify the make and model of the used vehicle you’re interested in and the app will bring up all the vehicles available in your local area that match your search criteria.
If you find one you’re interested in, click on the result to see the dealer’s physical address, phone number and email address. Have a specific question about the vehicle? You can call or email the dealer directly from the app.
You’ll find high quality photos and detailed information about the vehicle including price, mileage, interior and exterior features, mechanical and safety information.
You can also compare the dealer’s price against the Black Book® valuation based on year, make, model and trim package. Black Book® is nationwide guide for vehicle valuations published by National Auto Research
Vehicles that are priced at least $500 below the Black Book® value feature the SuperDeal logo, and you can even modify your search to only display local SuperDeals.
As if that wasn’t enough, the app also allows you to obtain a CARFAX® report for many of the vehicles in the EveryCarListed inventory.
It’s no wonder the EveryCarListed mobile app was the 2011 winner of the Local Search Association Excellence Award.
Click here to learn more or download the EveryCarListed app.