With the seasons changing, we know those tough winter conditions are just around the corner. If you’re wondering if your vehicle can safely make it through another season, it’s probably time start thinking about a new car. Read on for car buying tips from Westport Federal Credit Union.

Before you buy follow these simple tips to help you get the best deal.

  • Determine your budget: The last thing you want to do is overspend. Make sure you know exactly what you can afford before you head to the dealership. Westport Federal Credit Union offers free pre-approvals to help you find an amount your comfortable with.
  • Do your research: Know what kind of car you’re looking for along with features. It’s a mistake to arrive at the dealership without researching the car you want to buy first. Use websites like Auto Trader, Carfax or Kelley Blue Book to educate yourself.
  • Use smart negotiating strategies: Negotiate the sale prices and trade-in value separately. You’ll get a better deal than trying to negotiate together. Don’t feel bad about walking away from any offers if it doesn’t feel like a good enough deal to you.
  • Secure your financing with WFCU before you visit the dealer: At Westport Federal Credit Union, our car loans rates are as low as 3.04%. Stop in before you shop to help determine your budget and get your free pre-approval. or fill out an application online! Secure your financial future with us.