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3 Questions to Ask Your Car Dealer Before You Buy October 12, 2017

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3 Questions to Ask Your Car Dealer Before You Buy, Tacoma, Washington

Buying a car is exciting, but it requires more than just picking the car you want and driving off the car dealer lot after you pay for it. There are important questions to ask your car dealer before you decide to purchase a vehicle so that you can make sure you and your car have no issues or hurdles later.

Questions for Your Car Dealer

1. What Is the Actual Cost of the Car?

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) often differs from the actual cost to drive the car off the lot. Your actual cost depends on several factors, including the licensing fees, sales tax, and car dealer fees. You don’t want any surprises when you go to sign the papers, so find out what you have to pay to drive your preferred vehicle off the car dealership lot. 

2. What Does My Warranty Cover?

car dealerWhether you’re buying a new car or a used one, you’re probably going to have a warranty. You’ll want to find out what the warranty covers, how long it lasts, and the terms of the warranty. In some cases, you may have to take your car in for regular maintenance so as not to void your warranty. Knowing this in advance can save you money and time. 

3. What Are the Terms of My Loan?

Unless you’re paying cash up front for your car, you’ll probably be considering an auto loan. Auto loans vary, and each car dealer can have different payment terms. You want a clear understanding of all the fees, conditions, and terms you’ll have to abide by to avoid issues later on. Settle on a price first, and then discuss the auto loan terms when you’re signing the paperwork.


If you’re ready to buy a new car or are interested in checking out pre-owned cars, call Auto Outlet of Tacoma today. They are happy to answer any questions you may have before you buy. Call (253) 473-1900 today to speak to a member of the car dealer or visit their website to browse their current inventory. 

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