Shopping for a new car can sometimes be a simple task. If you're going into the process knowing exactly what you want in terms of size, efficiency, technology, etc., you have already helped limit your options and can easily weed out certain vehicles. On the other hand, those with less direction can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the process and number of options. Here at Northwest Hills Chevrolet Buick GMC in Torrington CT, we want this endeavor to be exciting and seamless, so we're going to lay out a few questions to ask yourself before heading out to a dealership. 

  • The first question you should ask yourself is whether or not it makes the most sense for you to buy a car or lease one. Many factors play into this decision making process, and we are going to discuss a few. It goes without saying, but when you purchase a car as opposed to lease one, the vehicle is yours to do with it what you please. There is no lingering worry about going over your mileage limit, immediately patching up that scratch on your fender, or avoiding any interior wear and tear. These are all things that people who decide to lease vehicles have to take into consideration. For some people, they would rather not have complete ownership over one single vehicle. The idea of being able to trade in cars after two years can be a relief, and can be a great way to test out different vehicles to find the right one that matches your lifestyle in the long run. The monthly payments are typically less expensive for those who are putting money towards purchasing a car, which is an important factor for many people.  
  • Now that you know if you're going to buy or lease a car, its time to decide whether or not you want a new or used vehicle. If you have a generous price range to play around with, purchasing a new vehicle is probably your best option. Knowing that your car is fresh on the market, has never been in any accidents, and understanding the general lifespan of a new car is reassuring for many people. You will spend less time and money servicing a new car as well, so it is a great financial investment. However, if you simply don't have the money up front to purchase or finance a new vehicle, buying used is still a great option. Whether you decide to purchase a used car up front or finance it, this option will ensure you only pay what is financially comfortable for you at the moment.  
  • Last but not least, its time to decide on the size of the vehicle that you are going to purchase. Sometimes this decision can be a no-brainer, like if you are a family of six who's guaranteed to need a third row, but in some cases it can be less obvious. Taking into consider pricing and lifestyle needs is very important here. SUV's are typically much more expensive than sedan's for example, so deciding whether or not the extra leg, ceiling, and storage space that come along with them is imperative can be a very important decision. Typically, SUVs are also more versatile and can be used for off-roading and other adventurous activities. However, the increase in size also results in a decrease in fuel efficiency, and can result in pretty high gas bills. Taking the time to consider these factors will ensure you make an informed decision when it comes down to purchasing or leasing your next vehicle.  

Whether you need advice regarding any of the above mentioned questions, are interested in test driving a few different models, or have other outstanding hesitations you would like to address, our supportive staff here at Northwest Hills is here to assist you throughout this exciting process!