Originally Posted by Arco-Zakus
One big item on the list is to do a thorough inspection and test drive before accepting delivery your new car. Do not assume that since it is brand new and, since you have driven others like it, that there can't possibly be anything wrong with it.
Great post. I spent many years in the car business and I was good at spotting damage on cars....as long as they weren't my cars I could be objective. But when I buy a new car for myself, I get caught up in the excitement just like anybody else and I am blinded by the new car experience. For the same reason you should not act as your own attorney, a car guy should not inspect his own car. I always take a friend with me to pick up a new car who has no interest in the car and is trained to spot problems.
Two pair of eyes are better than one at spotting damage so always take a friend with you.