6 Ways to Save on Your Next Off-Road Rig | GRID Off-Road
There are two types of car lovers — those who will do anything to keep their car clean and those who prefer to spend their time in the mud. Hitting the trails and going off-road is a great way to explore, but it can be an expensive hobby. If the trails are your ultimate destination, but you’re trying not to break the bank, here are a few clever ways to save on your next off-road vehicle purchase.
1. Do Your Research
If you walk into a dealership with just a vague idea of the kind of rig you’re looking to buy, you’re putting yourself in the hands of the salesperson and hoping that they’ve got your best interest at heart. It might sound like a good idea, but it’s also a great way to lose a lot of money if you’re unlucky. Before shopping for a new off-road vehicle, do your research to ensure you know exactly what you’re looking for. You can be flexible, but make sure you understand what makes and models you’re willing to invest in and stick to that list.
2. Trade In Your Old Car
With a bit of extra work, your off-road vehicle can easily double as your daily driver. There are plenty of offerings like the Ford Bronco or Jeep Gladiator JL and Gladiator, to name a few. You don’t have to worry about spending twice as much on things like insurance, maintenance or registration. If you’re looking to buy a new off-road vehicle, look for one that can double as a daily driver.
3. Secure Financing First
They say it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission, but sometimes the opposite is true when buying a new vehicle. Instead of looking for a car and securing your financing at the dealership, talk to your bank or credit union to see your financing options before you start shopping. Walking into a dealership with a maximum amount you’re willing to spend gives you more control over the situation. Skip this step if you’re planning to lease a vehicle and then buy out the lease later since this may not be an option if you’re financing directly through your financial institution.
4. Pay Cash When You Can
Sometimes, the easiest way to save money on a vehicle purchase is to pay cash instead of financing or leasing. You’ll make a larger upfront payment, but you won’t be paying more than the purchase price due to interest on a loan or lease. It also gives you more control and flexibility over modifications and off-road accessories. You don’t have to worry that changing the paint or adding a winch will violate the terms of your lease.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate
In the modern world, with our price tags and our sale tax, it often feels like we’ve lost the art of negotiation. We’ve become so accustomed to paying the advertised price for something that we forget that negotiation is an option for something like a vehicle purchase. Don’t be unreasonable, but refer back to tip number one — do your research. Ensure that you know the value of the vehicle you’re trying to purchase, as well as the trade-in value of your current car. Paying in cash can also help with your negotiations.
6. DIY Your Mods
Even if you invest in a 4×4 for your off-road vehicle, it likely won’t have all the features you need to stay safe on the trails. Instead of paying for dealer-installed extras, bring your new off-road vehicle home and DIY some of your mods. Even if you don’t have the skills or tools for all the upgrades, heading to your favorite shop to install the mods will still be less expensive than dealership labor charges.
Stay Safe Out There
Whether you’re heading out on the trail for the first time or are an experienced off-roader, there’s nothing quite like getting off the beaten path. You don’t need to break the bank when shopping for your next off-road vehicle. And the same holds true with wheels. GRID Off-Road offers various wheels to fit your budget, needs and preferences. So if you’re looking to add some new off-road rims to your new rig, check our out Forged GF and Cast GD wheels. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to locate a dealer near you!