In this day and age, sprinter vans are all the rage. It does not matter if you buy a brand-new unit or a pre-owned one. What matters is that you are smart enough to know what you need and that your local dealer indeed offers the best possible deal available. Here is a list of things that you should consider before handing in wads of cash or signing a financing agreement:
A BRAND-NEW UNIT
Oh, the smell of new leather interior beats the most expensive fresheners in the world. They even made a scent called “new car,” didn’t they? However, it is not a wise move to walk into a dealership and buy a new van based on the smell factor alone. Some things must be considered.
Research. You can find all sorts of information on the model and make of vans on the internet. Be diligent in your search, and you will find the best one to suit your need. When you have found the one you want, head to the dealership and inspect your van of choice down to the tiniest of details.
Your budget is a significant factor when buying a new van, so stick to it. Although we all know that salespeople are hard-wired to upsell a higher model whenever they can, we do not have to be wary of this all the time. Take into consideration the added features you can get from buying a higher model. Sometimes, it is best not to go for cheap at all.
However, even if you have the money to buy a brand-new unit, consider if paying in full is going to make you significantly more miserable. Maybe it is wise to consider purchasing a used unit instead.
The tricky part of buying a vehicle is that if you are purchasing a used unit. There are just so many things to consider. Again, research is critical. Know the different models and make by year and their respective weaknesses. Find out which models have performance issues as they age and which ones have a record of being “fixable.” Also, it is best to research on dealerships that sell parts and do exact model repairs within your area.
Search online for the prevalent pricing of the model and make that you want. Then, compare it to the price offer of your local dealership. It is, however, sometimes best not to haggle too much. We all know that we get what we pay for. Better to pay a little extra for that higher or more recent model than get an excellent bargain for a rickety old unit.
In the end, you can bring a friend. If you are not engine-savvy yourself, it is best to bring along a reliable mechanic who can help you with making sure that everything, from the engine to the suspension, is in road-worthy condition. Consider everything when doing a test drive. Listen carefully for any creak and crunch that might be a cause for a breakdown.