24 August 2016 · News

Questions to Ask When Purchasing A Brand New Toyota


Old faithful has treated you well over the years. But it may be time to look for something new. Those sun spots are starting to grow, the air conditioning may be playing up again, or perhaps you just want a change. Whatever your reason may be, looking for a brand new Toyota is exciting! Oh what a feeling! You can test drive your dream car, explore the possibilities and eventually bring home a new Yaris, Kluger, or HiLux of your own. But a little preparation goes a long way. So it is important to know what kind of car you are looking for, and what questions to ask of your dealership…

1.  Does it hold a good resale value?

We know this is probably the last thought on your mind, but it’s actually a good place to start. Ultimately you’ll need to resell the car or trade it in at the dealership in the future. If the vehicle has a modest resale value it can add an extra incentive to the purchasing process to finalise the deal. Think of it as investing in a quality.

2.  What’s included?

If you’ve found a Toyota you love it is always a good idea to understand what is included in each model.  If there are certain features or accessories you absolutely must have, it’s worth looking into what options are available for each model. Sometimes spending that little bit extra on a premium model can work out better in the long run compared to the standard model. So make sure you do the necessary research now.

3.  Can I take it for a test drive?

It is essential to get a real idea of how the vehicle drives before you buy. So make sure to ask to take it for a spin! Each and every car is different and they’ll handle differently too. Ask the salesperson if they will come with you on the drive. This way they can show you all of the features and how they work. This will improve your driving experience and assist you in making an informed decision.

4.  Do you offer competitive finance options?

If you are looking to finance your new Toyota, make sure to ask the sales team about what finance offers the dealership can provide. At Wide Bay Toyota we offer interest rates as low as, and sometimes even cheaper than, the banks. Having your local dealership organise everything makes the process hassle free; meaning you can be on the roader sooner.

5.  Can you provide an insurance quote?

Dealerships have access to major insurance companies; so they can seek out the right information to provide you with competitive pricing for your new Toyota. Comparison quotes are always smart when it comes to seeking an insurance provider. So make sure to ask your local dealership for information first, at least to provide a starting point.

6.  What kind of warranty can you provide?

Is the warranty a factory warranty or statutory warranty? It is also a good idea to ask if an extended warranty is available. This can often provide great peace of mind (especially if you are not mechanically savvy).

7.  What kind of Toyota do you recommend?

At Wide Bay Toyota, our sales team is incredibly knowledgeable of all things auto, with years of experienced in the industry. It is likely that they have a wealth of knowledge about YOUR dream car in particular.  Give them the opportunity to provide you with recommendations (including add-on’s, accessories, tips about instructional videos you can watch, etc.) to get the most out of your new car. Our team is there to help you! So it’s always a good idea to listen to what your dealer has to say – it may help you down the track.

8.  What is the delivery process?

Find out about the different delivery/pick up options available, and when they can expect your vehicle to be ready. Ask if there is anything you will be required to bring with you (paper work, identification, etc.) when you pick up your brand new Toyota. 

Once you have your brand new car, take the time to really appreciate the process. No matter what model, your Toyota will serve you well for years to come. It’s an exciting time and you should enjoy it – you have earned it after all!

With so many customers making Toyota their choice, it makes sense to visit the team at Wide Bay Toyota if you're shopping for a new or used vehicle or jump on line or telephone our dealership as we are here to help you. Wide Bay Toyota, phone 07 4125 9500.