Luxury vehicles are an investment to ponder and preserve. These tips will teach you how to select and ship one wisely.
- Brand and dealer research is key to a confident purchase
- Timing and negotiation can lead to a better deal
- Taking a test drive can make or break a buy
- Long-term costs like maintenance, repair, and insurance should be considered before committing
Buying a luxury car is a complex task; there are many attractive options. Review our previous blog to help you choose; we spotlighted several impressive 2022 models, including designs from Bentley, Alfa Romeo, and Mercedes-Benz.
Finalizing your choice requires understanding the vehicles you’re considering, the psychology of the sales process, and a little self-reflection. You’ll be ready to look down the road and start thinking of how to ship the car when necessary. Here are five top tips on buying a luxury car in 2022.
1. Research the vehicle(s) before visiting a showroom
Create a shortlist of potential purchases and start studying them. Study the manufacturer’s website, read online reviews and owner’s forums, and reach out to brand representatives with any questions. Luxury manufacturers pride themselves on how well their products fit the identity and lifestyles of their buyers, so don’t be afraid to engage with them.
You’ll also be more confident if you research potential dealerships as thoroughly as car brands. Look for dealers who are responsive and provide excellent customer testimonials.
2. Be prepared to negotiate and time your purchase
Buying a luxury car can depend on timing. Let’s say there’s a new Bentley coming in 2022, but the previous model is ample for your needs. The fact there’s an updated design approaching is often a good time to grab a cheaper deal; interest in the older model may be waning. You could even consider a used luxury car to increase the chances of a cost-effective purchase.
Shop the luxury car(s) you’re interested in to see which outlet is offering the most competitive price. Be prepared to negotiate whether or not there’s a significant difference in price point. The most affordable option could still be snagged at a lower price.
The art of negotiation includes many aspects: going low on your first offer, keeping your emotions in check, and reading the fine print. Enhance your negotiation position: visit dealerships at low traffic times (the salesperson will have more time to haggle) and time your purchase around the end of the month, when dealers may be more anxious to meet a sales target.
3. Take a test drive
Nothing seals a deal like “owning” the car for a little while. This is where it reveals if the interior is comfortable and opulent enough to deserve the luxury label. Test whether it offers smooth accelerating, sharp braking, responsive steering, and lag-free cornering. You’ve got every right to expect an A-plus performance. Don’t settle for less!
4. Consider long-term costs
Buying a luxury car is a powerful buzz. Keep the trill by paying the continuous costs connected with high-end autos. Premium engines can require more expensive fuels; Some premium vehicles require more trips to the gas station than others.
Luxury cars cost more to comprehensively insure for several reasons; they’re built with higher-grade materials and more difficult to source parts. This makes them harder and more expensive to maintain and repair while making them bigger targets for thieves.
The higher speed capabilities (and a greater chance of accidents) of luxury cars also concern insurers. They can’t be taken to just any mechanic; only experienced specialists can handle luxury cars, and their skills command higher fees.
5. Look ahead to shipping
Shipping is a critical piece of luxury-car journeys. Enclosed auto transport is the most sensible option; it protects the vehicle from in-transit risks: exposure to the elements, damage from road debris, and theft or vandalism. It may also include better insurance from the vendor.
Luxury-car owners often prefer to have their vehicle shipped in its own container because this also eliminates the possibility of contact hazards (scrapes, dents, oil drips) from other vehicles. Enclosed transport is more expensive, and the price increases with more exclusive containers, but this added cost can save a fortune in repairs. Enclosed transport can pair well with door-to-door shipping, as opposed to terminal-to-terminal. We recommend reviewing both methods to consider the pros and cons.
It is important to have a mechanic repair any concerns that may have occurred during transit. Next, completely clean the car and take plenty of interior and exterior pictures. This creates a strong supporting case against liability for damage caused in transportation. Perfect pre-transport prep involves key management, fuel-level considerations, and your vehicle’s current operating condition.
The auto carrier’s qualifications and reputation must be of the highest quality. An auto carrier insured and licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will provide peace of mind. Working with an experienced auto broker like Mercury Auto Transport will give you access to a carrier’s performance history, accident record, areas of expertise, and more.
Contact Mercury Auto Transport for a quote
The Mercury Auto Transport team can help you find a reliable auto shipper if you plan to buy a luxury car out of state and want it delivered with maximum care. We’re also here if you’re simply moving your luxury car from A to B. Just contact us online, drop by our office, or call us 24/7 toll-free on 800-553-1828 to receive a quote.