Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Giving a New or Used Car as a Gift


So we heard you're thinking about buying a car as a gift for that special someone in your life. We're thrilled to hear that. You're probably a bit overwhelmed and full of questions. Buying a new or used car can feel like somebody just threw you into the deep end with no floaties. Take a deep breath: We have floaties. Here are a few important things to keep in mind as you're getting started.

Tell Us It's a Surprise


This is the most important part of your shopping experience. We're experts at this, remember? The dealership will be able to help you make decisions about things you didn't even know needed deciding. Plus, we don't want to accidentally ruin the surprise for you by calling or emailing in front of your loved one. It also helps us work out all of the financial and paperwork details. We'll be as excited about this surprise as you; we love surprises.

Do Your Research

We mean it. We are using our mom voice with you right now. You know the one. Every state has different rules about gifting cars, and Michigan is no different. If you're taking the car out-of-state, check with their DMV; otherwise,
http://www.michigan.gov/sos is a great resource. Remember that your loved one will have to register the car in their name in MI or any other state, and make sure that he or she has appropriate insurance to go along with it before it's driven.

It's important to do your research on the person you're buying the car for, too. What's this person's lifestyle like? Are they flashy, simple or environmentally conscious? What's this person's favorite color? What about vehicle must-haves? Some people need a sunroof; other people can't live without heated seats. Make a list of everything important, both big and small. A car is a huge surprise, but all of those little personal touches are what will really make the recipient feel special.

Take Your Time

We cannot stress this enough. Planning a surprise should be fun, and it should never feel stressful or rushed. Make sure you find exactly what you want. Ask lots of questions. Remember that we can special order cars for you too. We have dozens of options that will allow you to fully customize the car to suit your loved one. We want you to feel good about your purchase, so give yourself lots of extra time to get this right.

Still not sure where to start? Let us help.
Visit our homepage or, even better, come see us. We'd love to talk to you face-to-face and help get you on the right track to deliver the surprise of a lifetime.

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