Top 3 Car Buying Tips from Members Auto Brokerage

Are you ready to buy a new vehicle but aren’t sure how to narrow the search? What are the factors that go into determining what is the best vehicle for your needs? Here are a few helpful tips from our CCCU-owned Members Auto Brokerage team:

1. Think about the type of vehicle you are looking for and be flexible.

Make a list of your wants and needs in a car. Plan on buying the car that meets 80% of your needs. Jot down your likes and dislikes on the cars that interest you. Doing so will help when it's time to narrow down the search. Build a target list of cars you might want to buy. As you complete your research, narrow the list to three vehicles so the shopping process won't be overwhelming. Read dealer review reports. Figure out your "must-have" options or packages and your preferred colors. Be prepared to be flexible, though as you might have to budge on color to get the features you want, or vice versa. Consider buying a certified pre-owned vehicle as the car has already been thoroughly inspected.

2. What is the function of the vehicle?

As you ponder which model vehicle to buy, think about your primary uses. Do you have a long commute to work? Consider something fuel-efficient. Do you need to tow a trailer on occasion? Look at trucks and larger SUVs. In general, you'll find that the more popular vehicles tend to hold their value better, which means that the prices will be higher than those they compete with. So, if you're looking to save money, shop more than one brand.

3. Check the vehicle history report.

Autocheck and Carfax are the two best known sources for vehicle history reports which can reveal vital information about the car, including whether the odometer has been rolled back or if it has a salvage title, which means it has been declared a total loss by the insurance company. You'll use the car's vehicle identification number (VIN) to get this information, and in some cases, all you need is the license plate number.

If you’d like to find your next vehicle without the hassle of the dealership, consider using Members Auto Brokerage Service help you purchase your next vehicle. They also take trade ins and buy cars. Give them a call to discuss your options at 702-939-3115.