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The Anxious Shopper’s Guide to Buying a New Toyota on Long Island

Posted at Fri, Aug 31, 2018 2:15 PM

Buying a car is a very big deal for most people, which makes it only natural to be anxious about making a final decision. Buying a car new car can be so stressful, in fact, that it might just take all the enjoyment out of the process. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new Toyota but are already a nervous wreck about it, just take a deep breath and relax.

At Westbury Toyota, we understand how essential it is that you buy a car that perfectly suits you, and that’s why we want the buying process to be as easy and stress-free as possible. With this in mind, we’ve put together a simple guide that will help you navigate the process of purchasing a new vehicle without turning you into an anxious mess.

Make an Appointment at the Dealership for Mid-Week

Most people don’t realize this, but by making an appointment at a dealership, you’re guaranteeing you have the undivided attention of a salesperson for the duration of that appointment. In addition, most people tend to go vehicle shopping on the weekends. If you don’t want to deal with crowds or a busy dealership, booking an appointment in the middle of the week can make things a lot less stressful for you.

In addition, as Jerry Reynolds of Car Pro USA explains, making an appointment is recommended if you already know what type of vehicle you want. In some situations, the car you want may be sitting at an offsite location, so calling ahead gives the dealership time to retrieve the car and have it washed and waiting for you to take a closer look when you arrive.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge

One of the biggest ways to stress yourself out when you’re shopping for a car is to have no idea of what you actually want. If you head into a dealership with only a vague concept of what you’re looking for, you’re probably going to find yourself feeling overloaded with suggestions from the sales staff as they attempt to get to know you and your specific needs a little better.

Instead of having a couple of options you’ll be presented with many, and it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with all those details. It’s better to have a fairly solid idea of what you’re looking for (car, SUV, truck) and what type of model you’d be interested in. You can check out the dealership website to see what the different models offer, and that way when you visit the dealership you’ll be better equipped to work together with the salesperson to find the right car for you.

The kind of knowledge that will be useful to know includes:

  • Trim levels (and extras included in the trim levels of your choice)
  • Any important optional features you’d be interested in upgrading to (such as safety or infotainment)
  • Exterior and interior aesthetic options (wheels, paint, colors, seat material)
  • Additional packages (such as trailer towing)
  • Pricing (for base or trim levels, as well as dealer price quotes and any related fees)

Once you’ve acquired all of that knowledge, you’ll be on solid footing when it’s time to discuss the vehicles that have piqued your interest.

Arrange a Test Drive

As the editorial staff of Edmunds points out, some people mistakenly think that once you’ve taken a test drive, you’re committed to buy. This isn’t the case at all. A test drive is just that – a test to see if you like the way the vehicle in question handles. When dealing with reputable dealerships like Westbury Toyota, this means that you should never feel obligated or pressured to go beyond this step in the car buying process until you are comfortable and ready to move forward.

So, if you have a particular car in mind, make sure to request a test drive when you call in to make your appointment. Once you’ve taken it for a spin, take some time to think about the experience. If there are things you didn’t like about the test drive, it’s probably good to take some more time to deliberate and express these concerns to a member of the staff. From here, we can help you lower your anxiety and ensure that you continue to make progress toward owning a new or used vehicle that fits your lifestyle.

A Non-Confrontational, Stress Free Process

Buying a car shouldn’t be a nightmare process, and that’s why we here at Westbury Toyota put together this guide. We want to help you avoid any hiccups and streamline the process, all while lowering your stress regarding the situation a bit. By taking a little time and effort to be prepared when you start the car buying process, you’ll be able to relax and focus on the fact that soon you’ll be enjoying all of the exciting perks and benefits that come with owning a brand-new Toyota vehicle of your own!

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