Buying a new or preowned vehicle can be a stressful experience, and many people are glad they only have to do it once every few years (or even longer). But if you are prepared and go in with a plan, you can make this process as streamlined and as simple as possible for you.

Williamsbridge Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has six tips to share that will help you pick out your next vehicle and make the process as stress-free as it can be.

  1. Prepare in Advance

Experts say the worst thing you can do is just show up at a dealership. It’s expected that you should know which vehicles you want to test drive and whether you are looking to buy new or used. Fortunately, dealers’ websites are a great resource, as they have information available for all the cars on their lot.

  1. Make Several Appointments

You should schedule appointments at more than one dealership on the same day. This will keep you from picking the first vehicle you try, and it helps you if dealers know that they have some competition for your business.

  1. Know What to Look for In the Test Drive

If it’s been a few years since you’ve purchased a vehicle, technology has come a long way. Understand all the features that are now available and figure out which ones you need before you pay for something you may never use.

  1. Drive the Car How You Would Use It

If you’re a highway commuter or a road-tripper, arrange for a test drive on the highway to see how the car feels. If you are primarily riding around town, take it for a spin on the city streets. Also check the room in the trunk and how the backseat feels if you are transporting friends or maybe even the grandkids often.

  1. Don’t Buy Today

After your day of test drives, go home and determine what you did and didn’t like about each car you drove, and whether you are ready to buy. It’s not a race, so if you’re not perfectly happy, go and try other models.

  1. Ask for a Longer Test

If you’ve narrowed down your choice, ask the dealer if you can take the car home for a night or a weekend. This can help you get acclimated to the technological and safety features as well as driving the car at night and in other conditions that you may not have experienced in the test drive.

To learn more about Williamsbridge Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit http://williamsbridge-center.facilities.centershealthcare.org.