The Car Geek: Purchasing A Car Is Still A Major Hassle For Women

The Car Geek

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Purchasing A Car Is Still A Major Hassle For Women

Women… why do they find it so hard to purchase a car? Why do our lovely ladies feel much hassle when they try to buy their own vehicle? Whew… women! What more if they are obliged to read an entire VW repair manual?!

Anyway, the response for these hassling questions will be answered by CarMax Inc, the largest retailer of vehicles in the country! They have come up with a poll and conducted it on their web site to know the major concerns and complaints of women regarding the buying a car. The poll revealed a little improvement in women’s complaints compared to last year.

"We continue to see the same trends as women search for satisfaction in shopping for a vehicle. It is essential for women to find a car retailer, such as CarMax, that focuses on excellent customer service and a hassle free car-buying experience," says Donna Wassel, the regional vice president of CarMax.

"Being prepared to walk away can be tough to do, especially if you have spent a lot of time on one car lot. But if you are not pleased with the car buying process, it's worth it - remember, you are the one who has to drive the car and make the payments, not the salesperson," added Wassel.

More than 12,000 women were asked on to open up their concerns and share things they are unfamiliar with in the car-buying experience. Here are the results of the survey this year and the results for the year 2006 survey. These were published in

What was most lacking when you bought your last car? Criteria: This Year's Response / Response in 2006

  • A quick, effortless transaction: 21% / 21%
  • A salesperson I liked and trusted: 16% / 15%
  • Lowest, fair pricing: 14% / 14%
  • A fair trade-in value: 13% / 14%
  • Respect for/attention to my wants and needs: 13% / 13%
  • A fair, reasonable finance rate: 7% / 6%
  • Understandable paperwork: 4% / 4%
  • Other factors: 12 % / 12%

Hey! Calling out the lovely ladies out there! You better listen up! Here are some tips for you courtesy of and! Take these down and it might help you get rid of the hassles you experience when you want to purchase a car:

1. Use the Internet to research vehicle types, makes, models, options, features, and prices. Visit websites such as to see actual prices and photos of nearly every vehicle make and model, review vehicle history reports, and read actual customer reviews.

2. Print out fact sheets or information about the vehicles you are interested in, so you can remind yourself about what you want when you step onto the lot.

3. Bring key paperwork items with you, including title and registration for your current vehicle, your driver's license, and insurance card.

4. If you have been pre-approved for a car loan, bring in the approval letter with you.

5. Find a car retailer and salesperson you like and trust by asking friends and family for referrals.