Before you go to the Skoda dealer in your town check the Internet for the specific Skoda that you want. What is the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)? If you are looking for a used Skoda, what is the blue book value? What warranty options do you have? Being knowledgeable of the warranty options as well as not signing the "as is" paperwork is a good way to prevent being stuck with a lemon or a car with hidden faults. Do you know your credit score? If it is under 680, it will be difficult to finance your purchase and don't be surprised if you get turned down. Be prepared to answer specific questions about your credit history and make sure you know your credit history so well that a dealer can't surprise you or give you false information. Consider using an online loan calculator to figure out your financing plan and decide what is the maximum monthly amount and duration you are willing to spend on your Skoda. Other important things to research before attempting to traverse the Skoda dealer system are the gas mileage, safety, and the reviews of the car. After researching all of these details about every car you are interested in, you are now ready to go to a Skoda dealer in your town.
At the Dealer
Once you arrive, have the salesperson help you locate the specific Skoda's in which you are interested. Your first instinct should be to test drive. Always test-drive every car that interests you. Things to remember when test-driving are:
If more than one person will be driving the Skoda, have every person test drive the car.
Don't let the salesperson distract you from noticing details about the car; it's okay to ask (politely) for silence while you are driving the car.
Before entering the car take a careful look at the exterior. Are there any noticeable damages or features that you dislike? Next, get inside the car, and before you start the engine, check the interior for damages and features you may not like. What is the radio like? Air Conditioner? Heater? Speedometer? Mileage? Seat cushions? Hazard lights? Traffic signals? Windshield wipers? Check everything.
Once you are driving, check areas that will really test your car's value. Try going uphill and downhill, accelerating onto a highway, and REALLY test the brakes.
Make sure you are driving the exact car that you are considering purchasing, if that car is not available in the Skoda dealer system, make sure you are driving the exact make and model of the car you are purchasing.
Although the Skoda dealer system can be tricky to master
with proper research and a persistent attitude, you can have the car of your dreams for a reasonable price and good quality. Although Skoda does seem to have a bad reputation across the globe they are perfecting their reputation and they are getting more and more customers and that is what they have always wanted.