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2022 Mazda CX-5 Crossover SUV

 


Customers often have tons of questions about the car shopping experience. What’s the best time to buy a car? How do I know what to look for in a new car? How do I get the best price on my Mazda CX-30? Learning how to buy a car is just part of the fun in the shopping process, and Holiday Mazda is here to guide you through every step. Learn how to buy a new Mazda at Holiday Mazda, and get one step closer to your next car in Fond du Lac!

What’s the Best Time to Buy a Car?

What’s the best time to buy a car if you want the lowest prices possible? If you want to get a steal of a deal when you buy a new Mazda, look toward the end of the year. That’s typically when dealerships will move out the old stock in favor of the next year’s models. However, don’t forget to check out the rotating offers and incentives throughout the year. Holiday weekends often deliver big discounts, so stay alert for sales. Fantastic deals are never far away when buying a car.

What are the Steps for Buying a Car?

Buying a car can be as simple as walking into a dealership and choosing a model off the lot. However, learning how to buy a car strategically can help you stay focused – which can pay off in a better deal. Here are the steps for buying a car:

  1. Research: Determine what to look for in a new car. Do you want something spacious like the Mazda CX-9 or something sporty like the Miata? Consider your driving needs for the Oshkosh and Appleton area
  2. Check Reviews: Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want out of your new car, check out review sites to help you narrow down your field. Sites like Edmund and Kelley Blue Book can not only tell you information about the vehicle’s quality, but also deliver valuable information about safety scores and long-term value.
  3. Price Compare: How much are others paying for your dream car in Fond du Lac? Review sites can also give you information about the car’s sale price in your location. Because demand in different locations can vary, it’s crucial to do local research to get the best deal possible.
  4. Preapproval: Applying for financing is one of the most important steps for buying a car because it helps establish your budget. 
  5. Budget: Once you know how much you can spend, you can start crunching numbers. In addition to the sticker price, add in rough estimates of things like insurance costs and maintenance fees to give yourself some wiggle room.
  6. Trade-In: Buying a car can be a lot more affordable when you have a trade-in, so be sure to value your trade to get an idea of how much you can knock off the price of your next car. Keep in mind that online assessments are just rough estimates, and you’ll only get your firm offer at the in-person appointment.
  7. Test Drive: Take a few test drives in models that you are considering, and try to simulate a normal drive through Fond du Lac. This is a great time to ask your salesperson questions about the different models, as well as the features and packages available.
  8. Check Incentives: Now that you know what car you want, look around for any upcoming sales and incentives. While the best sales are at the end of the year, most dealerships offer specials every single month.
  9. Check Warranty: While all new and CPO vehicles include a warranty, you can also add extended warranties for long-term peace of mind. 
  10. Finalize: After finding your dream Mazda and checking for any offers, it’s time to finalize your deal. Be sure to look at the total package, including the value of your trade-in and your interest rate, before making the final decision. And if you’re satisfied with the terms, go ahead and sign!

Buy Your New Car Today at Holiday MAZDA!

Now that you know what to look for in a new car and what’s the best time to buy a car, which Mazda will you take home to Beaver Dam? Contact us at Holiday Mazda with any questions about car shopping in Fond du Lac, and we can help you find just the right model. Visit our showroom today for your test drive!

 

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