When you're thinking about buying a new Toyota, it's important to consider not just the make and model that you favor, but also when you want to shop for it. While there's nothing wrong with showing up at your chosen dealership at any time, you may wish to consider shopping in the evening. Many Toyota dealerships are open late at least a couple days a week, meaning that you can get home at the end of the workday, have dinner, and then head out to do some car shopping for a couple hours. Here are some advantages to focusing your search at this time of the day.
Fewer Other Customers
Car dealerships can get busy during peak times — for example, on weekends — and while top-end dealerships are adequately staffed to handle such high demands, the reality is that you may arrive behind several other shoppers and have to wait to speak to a salesperson. Dealerships are often quieter during the evening hours, which means that you shouldn't have to wait to speak to someone when you have questions about a particular vehicle. A smaller group of shoppers also makes the dealership feel calmer, which can be desirable if you're a little tense about buying a car.
Ideal Test Drive Scenario
Many people favor taking test drives in the evening. At this time of the day, there are fewer motorists out on the roads, which can reduce some of the stress of driving a new vehicle. Additionally, in lower-light situations, you'll be able to better assess things such as the vehicle's headlights, the visibility through tinted windows, and how easily you can read the dashboard instrument panel. If the dealership isn't as busy in the evening, you may be able to take a longer test drive than you might during the day, too.
Easier To Get Someone To Join You
If you're keen on the idea of having someone join you to shop for the car, the evening is ideal. For example, some people like having a friend with a stronger personality join them to help with the negotiating, or an observant friend ride along during a test drive to notice things that might otherwise be missed. In the evening it's often easier to recruit someone. People may not have time to join you on the weekend, nor would they be able to rearrange their workday schedule. In the evening, when many people are simply relaxing after work, you may have no trouble finding a candidate.