Seven Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying a New Toyota

February 21st, 2018 by

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of test driving new vehicles and buying one. Before you head over to our Toyota dealership in Baltimore, it worth your time to make out a list of questions that are on your mind. To help get you started on your list, here are some essential questions to include.

1. What are the current manufacturer and dealer incentives/offers?

Certain makes and models may have special incentives and offers in effect. You could be surprised to discover there are some on the model you are considering or on a model you previously thought was outside your price range. Take the time to review the terms/conditions of the incentives/offers so you can decide which one(s) will be best for you.

2. What is the total purchase price of the vehicle?

Sticker prices can seem confusing because they list out the base price plus add-ons, plus fees, and so on. When you know what the total price is, you are better able to start negotiations. In addition, you should never buy a vehicle solely based on the monthly payment but, rather, the total price.

3. What advanced safety features are included as standard equipment?

Most people want the latest advanced safety features, like lane departure warning, forward collision prevention, backup cameras, and so on. Sometimes these cost more or require upgrading to a different trim package.

  • Buying Tip: For 2018, Toyota now offers Toyota Safety Sense™ advanced safety features as standard equipment on all models.

4. What technologies are included as standard equipment?

From touchscreen infotainment centers to Wi-Fi hotspots, you will want to make sure the vehicle you choose has the technologies you want and need. Before test driving the vehicle, spend five to ten minutes trying out any included technology features.

5. Is any maintenance included with the purchase of the vehicle?

Some manufacturers include maintenance with the purchase of a brand new vehicle, while others only offer prepaid maintenance plans you can include in your financing. Toyota includes ToyotaCare with all new vehicles, which provides up to two years or 25,000 miles (whichever occurs first) of no-cost maintenance, along with 2 years of unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance.

6. What type of warranty is included and what exactly does it cover?

New car bumper-to-bumper warranties sound great, but they are not all the same. You need to know the exact systems, parts, and components that are covered. Certain items that are considered “normal wear and tear” are often not covered. In addition, while the system and related components are covered, the labor for repairs may not be. It is better to review the fine print so there are no surprises later.

7. Has the car been used as a “dealer demo” vehicle?

Dealer demo vehicles are models sales associates drive to familiarize themselves with the features and options. If so, then make sure you get a decent discount off the original total sales price.

To find out the current incentives on Toyota vehicles, including the newly redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry in Baltimore, please feel free to stop by Jerry’s Toyota or contact us at 410-661-5700 today!