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Five Questions You Need To Ask When Buying a New Car

There are several rules/myths we tell ourselves when we go to buy a new car:

“Go at the end of the month; they have quotas to fill.”

“Go at the end of the year when they are trying to get rid of all the old models.”

And the classic, “Do your research before you go to the dealership.”

All of these are great and useful in a general sense. But, if you are really looking to get the best price for your new car, here are some questions to arm yourself with that will help you feel more confident about making this major life purchase.

Harbin Automotive is proud to present you with four questions to ask when you make your way down to the lot:

  1. “What is the invoice price of this vehicle?”—When you are actually on the lot, most of the cars will have a big flashy number written on the windshield or neatly typed out on a little piece of paper on the side of the car. More often than not, this is going to be the MSRP price, the suggested selling price, which is good to know when stacked against the invoice price.
  1. “Has the car been damaged?”—Many people assume a ‘new’ car means ‘straight off the manufacturing floor.’ New cars are transported thousands of miles in some cases and sit on unprotected lots for long periods of time. It is possible that unnoticeable damage has been done to the vehicle, like a warped/bent frame.
  1. “What does my protection plan cover?”—You may find that the dealer will enhance the sale by offering an extended warranty or a protection plan through the dealership. Always ask what sort of maintenance these sorts of plans cover. Asking about the specifics of the plan will tell you whether you’ll have coverage for only minor repairs or if large systemic problems are included.
  1. “What is the average cost of maintenance on this model?”—Repair costs are something you never want to actively think about. But, it might come in handy if you could get a big picture of what your expense report is going to look like the first time something major happens to your brand new car. As a general rule, the more popular a car is, the cheaper the parts will be to repair it; and, the more luxurious outliers will have more expensive parts.
5 ways to make car buying easier

Tips for a stress-free car shopping experience

5 ways to make car buying easier

If you are in the market for a new or used car you are probably not too excited about going through the entire buying process. Many consumers dread the car shopping experience because they don’t know exactly how to do it. Whether you are searching for a new car because your’s is no longer reliable, or you’re just bored with it and are looking for something different, the following tips will help you enjoy the experience rather than dread it. With a little research and preparation, buying a new car can be a fun and exciting adventure. Below you will find 5 ways to make car buying easier and less stressful. Read the rest of this entry >>

In With the New: Four Car-Shopping Tips!

Car-Shopping Tips

Okay, Alabama. You’ve decided to bite the bullet and upgrade your vehicle, hopefully find one that is more fitting to your needs and lifestyle. You’ve had your eye on a few models, read some reviews, but other than that, you’re mostly going in blind. So where do you turn? Well, to Harbin Automotive, of course! Here are four car-shopping tips to help get you through the experience of buying a new car, from your Chevy- and Ford-selling friends in Scottsboro, AL! Read the rest of this entry >>

Make space for the family and so much more with these versatile SUVs

Family Road Trip

Best SUVs for Large Families

While sedans and sporty coupes are fun to drive, minivans offer the supreme space, and pickup trucks deliver the strength to get any job done, few vehicles compare to the versatility of large SUVs. With the ability to complete normal towing and hauling tasks and better styling and driving dynamics than most minivans, SUVs make great choices for families on the go. Perhaps the most significant advantage of choosing an SUV is the way it makes room for the whole family while also delivering many of the attributes drivers need most. Here’s a list of the best SUVs for large families on the Harbin Automotive lot. Read the rest of this entry >>

2 Warning signs you need new tires

When to buy new tires

Check your tires so you know when its time to replace them.

Signs You Need New Tires

There are some things on your car that can be left alone as they get older and then there are some things that need attention immediately when you notice them failing or becoming less effective.  One of the most important parts of your car that must be in good shape in order to help protect you is its tires.  Tires are the only thing that connects your car to the road and this is why it’s so important that they are performing at their best all of the time.  The number one reason you need your tires performing at their best is for stopping purposes.  Remember that your tires are the only thing that ever touches the road so you had better make sure that they have enough traction and tread left on them to do so.  What are the warning signs you need new tires?  Harbin Automotive is going to teach you two warning signs to look out for so you know when to buy new tires in Scottsboro, AL. Read the rest of this entry >>

Facts of Buying Vs. Leasing a New Car

Buy or lease a new car in Alabama

Learn the facts of buying vs. leasing a new car in Scottsboro, AL

Buy or Lease a New Car

You have made a decision to buy that new car you’ve been looking at but now you have the tough decision, deciding on whether or not you should buy or lease a new car.  Some of the important things to think about are your financial needs, lifestyle and preferences.  Before you make a decision on whether or not you should buy or lease a new car you should learn a few facts about both so you can make the most informed decision.  Read the rest of this entry >>

Learn How to Buy the Best Used Car in Scottsboro, AL

Used car in Scottsboro, AL

Learn how to buy the best used car in Scottsboro, AL with these tips from Harbin Automotive

Used Car in Scottsboro, AL

When you start shopping for a used car in Scottsboro, AL you are probably looking for the best car and the best deal, but do you know how to do that.  The process can be a little overwhelming and time consuming so why not let Harbin Automotive help you find the best used cars in Scottsboro, AL.  Harbin Automotive is your trusted local used car dealership in Scottsboro, AL and we have been serving the local community with all of their automotive needs. Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Find the Best Car for You

Best Car for You

Best car for you

Find the best car for you at Harbin Automotive in Scottsboro, AL

Finding the best car for you can be a tough process if you don’t know exactly what to do or what you are looking for.  Harbin Automotive wants to help find the best car for you so we have put together some important steps in the car buying process that should help you buy a new car that fits your needs. Read the rest of this entry >>