As any Canadian driver knows, winter can be extremely hard on a car. Between the regular wear and tear, the stress caused by freezing and thawing, and the corrosion damage from road salt, taking your car in for a regular tune-up should be standard practice for any responsible car owner. Unfortunately, after a long, hard winter, many drivers may come away from their local garage or dealership service centre with a list of serious repairs that need to be made, and especially in the case of older cars, it can sometimes make more financial sense to invest in a whole new vehicle than to pour more money into one that is falling apart.
So, how do you find the best deal on a car during the spring shopping season, when most of the major holiday sales are still months away, and the new line-up of cars hasn’t been released yet? It may take a little more work to find a good deal on a car in the springtime, but it is hardly impossible, and you may even be able to find a better price than you might at other times of year.
Here are a few tips to help you find a vehicle you will love at a price you can afford this spring:
- Look For Deals
This may seem like a no-brainer, but despite the prevailing notion that dealerships don’t offer deals in spring, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. You should regularly check car news and opinions websites to see what deals are being offered locally — you may be pleasantly surprised by how good some of the offers are, even when major holidays aren’t looming on the horizon.
- Trade In Your Old Vehicle
If your current car is on its last legs, the idea that it might be able to help you bring down the price of a new vehicle can seem counter intuitive, but it is always worth checking with your dealership to see if they will consider a trade-in arrangement. In most cases, they will be willing to come to some kind of arrangement. And if they aren’t you may still be able to get some money back by selling it for parts.
- Consider Financing Options
For the vast majority of Canadians, a big part of the equation when purchasing a new vehicle is financing. It can mean the difference between a good deal and a bad one, which is why you should be sure to check out the financing options before you visit a dealership. Doing so will help give you a sense for what you can really afford, and will allow you to bargain with dealership staff more effectively.
Shopping for a new car can be stressful, especially when your current vehicle is on its last legs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good deal this spring if you are willing to do your research and take advantage of the options that are available. And the best part is, you’ll have the whole summer to enjoy your brand new vehicle.