Remember when AAA offered, for a small fee, invoice pricing on new cars? Now we’re stuck with TrueCar who is more connected to dealerships than they are with customers.
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This guide will help you through every step of the process, from searching for the perfect vehicle to insuring, financing and more.
A new car is an exciting – and large – purchase. Getting a safe, reliable car is a big investment that requires a lot of research. And if you’ve never done it before, or haven’t done it in a while, the car buying process can certainly be intimidating. Fortunately, AAA is here to help.
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The “Buying a New Car” guide is here for you every step of the way – whatever “new” means to you – whether you’re getting the latest model on the market, a used car or a lease. From searching for the perfect vehicle to insuring, financing and more, this guide has all the information you need to confidently drive off in your fresh set of wheels.
- Do your homework. Which type of car is right for you? Should get new or used? Buy or lease? Learn the right questions to ask yourself, and your dealer.
- Thoroughly modern car buying. These days you can order a car online and have it delivered right to your door. Discover the new ways to buy a car, from digital showrooms to subscription ownership (it’s like Netflix, but a car).
- Taking it out for a spin. How to make the most of the all-important test drive.
- Plus, keeping up with the latest car tech, a look at hybrid and electric options and how to buy a car for a teen driver.
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- Understanding the ins and outs of your car insurance policy. Brush up on insurance jargon and get to know different coverage options.
- How to save. There’s likely an insurance discount or two that you can (and should!) take advantage of.
- 10 things your insurance agent want to know about you. The information you need to provide to get the most of out of your coverage.
- Financing outside of the dealership. Buying directly from the dealer is convenient, but there are perks ($$$) to shopping around.
- Tips for negotiating a new car price of lease. Don’t overpay for your car!
- Pre-qualifying for an auto loan. It’s the first step to securing an auto loan.
- Try our auto loan payment calculator!
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23 Thoughts on “Buying a New Car”
I’m Looking to do the buyback on our lease. can I get information on a loan for the buyback?
Thanks so much.
You can order a chip key online that is fairly cheap and then bring it to the dealer to have it synced. Much cheaper. I will say that I have gotten into the wrong car by mistake and accidentally opened a car passing by while clicking my key.
How about help from AAA finding the right car to buy?
For instance, if I buy a car, it must be something with a *normal*, old-fashioned, key. No chips, batteries, or satellites. Duplicate keys cost $10, not hundreds.
Please help me get a list of cars like this.
Also, as little other tech as possible. (No built-in satellite radio, GPS, etc. If I want these, I’ll buy them separately. I do not want them interacting with the rest of the car’s workings.)
Please help me narrow down the cars to those.
Transponder keys have been in existence for 20 years and in nearly all cars for 10. They were designed for security reasons as well as for convenience features. I guess you could try to find an older car that still uses old non-transponder keys but I doubt that you will find a new or newish car that uses old technology that you’re describing. I’m wondering what the issue is that you might be having with these improvements over time. I’m a young 66 and embrace as much new tech as I can stand. I would respectfully suggest that you try to do the same. The future that we were promised as children is here for the taking!
I believe the Subaru Impreza base model still uses a key. Plus it also keeps standard safety improvements. But there remains very few 2023 cars without the newer transponder “smart” keys.
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH LOREN. I TOO WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A NEW CAR WITHOUT ALL THE ADDITIONAL “IMPROVEMENTS” INCLUDING THE FOB. IT SEEMS TO ME ALL THESE “IMPROVEMENTS” ARE JUST WAYS TO INCREASE THE INITIAL PURCHASE PRICE AS WELL AS THE COST OF REPLACEMENTS/REPAIRS.
Apparently car thieves have technology that can boost a signal from your fob if it is in the vicinity and thereby gain access to your car? Please comment someone?
I need tips on leasing a car
A lot of your suggestions are just common sense. When I buy a car & not often, I look up the so DEALER’S cost & offer something over that like maybe $300. IF the salesman says NO, I go visit the Sales Manager & tell him MY price, if NO, goodbye, they need me I don’t need them because I buy when I don’t need a car. I have Hartford Insurance through AARP & that Vanishing Deductible costs you more, not as they imply. I’ve been with them for over 20 years
I have aarp hartford and their prices are ridiculous.
Thinking of buying my car at end of lease term. Is there financing available through AAA for this type of purchase?
Looking forba new car. Am a aaa
Member. Any discounts for that.
Need it soon. Any help before buy.
I do not oppose progress, but the chip key is more
expensive, more error prone, and real theft
is when the put the car on a flat bed and
taken to a chop shop. True progress is a
product that is more reliable, lower cost and
has an improved main function. Please note that
insurance companies wanted this more than the
consumer and the government want electric cars
not the consumer .
I will drive my 1990 Jeep
and be happy.
Yes, Fob keys can be repaired. Mine would not open the car doors. First, try a new battery. They can be taken apart to replace the battery. Some auto parts stores will replace the battery free of charge if you buy the battery there. I tried this first. When the Fob key still didn’t work, I took it to an auto dealer for the make of my car. He sold me a new Fob and programmed it, for a cost of $285. I asked for the old key back. When I got home I carefully took the old one apart down to the bare bones. I noticed that a tiny metal disk had slide off it’s tiny post. I noticed the glue that held it in place was a non-drying glue. This is similar to the type used to hold mailers and credit cards on correspondence. Fortunately I happen to happen some on hand. I put a little dab on the tiny post and after it set for a little while, I then carefully pressed it back together. Tested it on the car and it worked fine. It’s still working after about two years. Now I have three keys.
It was smart to fix the old key. This gave me a good idea. So sad you had to pay for a new key when it was something so simple to fix.
Stay away from Toyota dealership-MOST dealerships are ripoffs
It really is ridiculous to have to have keys–by their nature, mechanical technology–fail because they need a new battery, not to mention having to pay hundreds of dollars to replace them. Talk about throwing out the baby with the bath water! Yeah, keys can break in cylinders, yeah cylinders can rust, yada yada. At least let the new technology rely on the old in case of a failure.
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