Auto shows are exciting, fun events to attend, whether you’re in the market for a new car in the near future, or if you’re just interested in seeing what the future has in store. Instead of going from dealership to dealership, or scouring the Internet for hours looking for new trends, everything you need to see is all in one place, under one roof.
The best part is, you can do this all in the span of a day, if you plan ahead. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your auto show adventure.
- Know Where Things Are. Before you attend the car show, check the show’s schedule for several things, especially which makes and models will be on display, and what you want to look for in each model. Also if the auto show has a website, it’s good to download and print a map of the layout of the show. These shows are massive, they are usually held in multilevel convention centers, and it’s easy to get lost or confused about where to start, let alone where to go.
- Give Yourself Time. According to several sources, the average amount of time a visitor at an auto show takes to peruse a handful of cars he or she is interested in is about three or four hours. If you have a longer list of cars, expect to stay for a couple more hours to get things done.
- Treat This As A Learning Experience. The car manufacturers send their staff to these events for a reason. This is your time to become educated about the cars you’re interested in, and learn about their features, whether they’re new ones or not. If you know about the issues of current or previous models, this is a good time to find out whether these issues have been addressed. The best part: there’s no pressure to buy. You’re not signing a lease or writing a check for anything, but you get to gain all the information available, so long as you’re prepared to ask away.
- Be Sure to Take Photos. This may be the most enjoyable part of the trip, so make sure to bring extra batteries for your camera, or a power source for your smartphone. Take photos of the features as well as the exterior, interior, and the points of view from all passenger seats and the trunk space. If you’re bringing friends or family, have them help by sitting in the seats to see how much space the interior has.
- Comfort is Key. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. You’re going to be on your feet for a few hours, and possibly driving home exhausted from all the walking and getting into and out of cars. Of course, be sure to have a meal before heading out to the show, and bring plenty of water.
Auto shows allow prospective car buyers to see what’s out there without any pressure to buy. It’s no wonder these events have an excellent turnout. Prospective buyers and car enthusiasts can get the most from the car show even with just a little preparation.