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Now is a good a time as ever to buy a new car. Car dealers need to sell cars in order to stay in business, which makes this a strong buyers’ market. Rebates, financing, and trade-in values are the best they’ve been in a long time. But that doesn’t mean it makes it any less confusing to buy a car, and it doesn’t mean dealers are going to just give cars away. Any new car buyer should be ready and prepared before they even think about setting foot in a dealership. Here are a few tips that can help you get prepared for your car buying experience:

Know the invoice price:
Once you have a narrowed down idea of what car is right for you, be sure to look up the invoice price. The invoice price is what the dealer pays the manufacturer for the car; the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) usually includes a hefty amount of profit for the dealership. Knowing the original price of the car will help you in negotiating a fair deal.

Check the manufacturer’s website for rebates:
Many buyers will qualify for multiple rebates that the dealership may not tell you about. Be aware of all rebates for which you qualify and make sure you receive them.

Check your credit history:
Most people when purchasing a car require a loan. How much that loan costs will depend on your credit history, and knowing your credit history will give you a much better idea of what to expect from lenders. Get a copy of your credit report, and check it for accuracy. Pay the extra few dollars to get your credit score as well, as it is one of the major factors that banks use to determine your creditworthiness.

Make an appointment with the sales manager:
Once your research is done and you are ready to go to a dealership, specifically your Tucson Volkswagen dealership, call ahead and make an appointment. By calling the sales manager to make your appointment you are communicating you are serious about the upcoming transaction and that you know what you are doing.

There is no guarantee you will get a good deal on a new-car purchase, nor is there a set price to negotiate toward with any car; pricing always varies with content, age, supply, and demand. But following these helpful tips will start you in the right direction to get the best deal possible at any Tucson VW dealership.

Three factors above all seem to be the most important amongst parents who are car shopping for teens: safety, reliability and true cost to own.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conduct independent crash testing that gauges a vehicle’s ability to withstand various types of collisions. With IIHS ratings, a “Good” rating is the top scored offered. IIHS also publishes an annual “Top Safety Picks” list, which reflects its most recommended choices, and to qualify, all models must receive a “Good” rating in all tests. With NHTSA ratings, parents should select vehicles with five star crash test scores.

“We are extremely proud to announce that nine of our models have earned the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award for 2012. In fact, VW has more 2011 IIHS Top Safety Picks than any other brand”, says Neb Yonas, GM of Chapman Volkswagen Tucson.

Another factor to consider is the size of your teen’s vehicle. Size may play a significant role in its overall safety; parents should avoid the smallest car since it won’t offer as much protection as a larger vehicle. On the same note the largest vehicles should be avoided as well, since these can be difficult to maneuver and are intimidating for new drivers. AAA recommends that parents avoid SUVs and stick to mid-size sedans. The organization also concedes that newer models are safer than older ones because of stability control technology.

Features such as electronic stability control (ESC), airbags and antilock braking systems (ABS) are essential, which are all featured on new Volkswagen cars. Dual front airbags have been mandatory since 1998, and by law, ESC and ABS are mandatory on all 2012 models. But that doesn’t mean that older cars should be totally rules out. “With the average age of vehicles now at nearly 11 years old, it’s clear that vehicles are really being made to last well past their 5-year/50,000-mile warranties these days,” says Kristin Brocoff, director of corporate communications for CarMD.com Corporation.

The expenses associated with your teen’s vehicle don’t end with its price tag. Edmunds.com offers a tool called True Cost to Own (TCO®) that estimates a model’s buying, ownership and operating costs over a five-year period.

TCO factors in depreciation, interest on financing, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel, maintenance, repairs and any federal tax credit that may be available. Edmunds’ data team researches these expenses and plugs them into proprietary algorithms that forecast five years of total ownership cost.

Ten Best Cars for Teens
Midsize sedans earn the highest recommendation for parents seeking the safest transportation for their teen drivers. The 2009-’13 models listed below all offer top crash test scores and low TCO. And all used models appear on CarMD’s Vehicle Health Index, which means they rank among the top 10 percent of all vehicles on the road when it comes to dependability. All the Volkswagens on this list can be found at your Volkswagen Tucson dealer today. Check out other Chapman dealers for any of the other brands listed.

2009 Honda Accord

2010 Chevrolet Malibu

2010 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Honda Accord

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

2013 Chevrolet Malibu