Attending your first car show is an exciting experience, whether you’re there to shop or not. This is a chance to see a variety of vehicles in one shot, saving you the time and hassle of having to drive to various dealerships to see cars in person. However, car shows are typically large-scale events that can be a bit overwhelming. To help you navigate the scene, here are four tips to ensure your first car show is a great one.
1. Dress in Comfortable Clothing
There are likely to be sales people, judges, and others who are dressed up in suits or cocktail attire. As a spectator, it’s perfectly acceptable for you to dress in casual clothes. Because you’re likely to cover a lot of ground during the show, comfortable shoes are a must. Even for indoor shows, it’s a good idea to bring a light jacket in case the air conditioning makes the place too cold. If the show is outdoors, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or visor will make the show experience much more pleasant.
2. Make a List
If you’re in the market for a new car, make notes about the kinds of cars you like, the features you want, and the kinds of things you use your vehicle to do such as long distance travel, short trips in a big city, and so on. These notes will help you focus on the cars that meet your needs, so you can spend time diving deeper into the specifics with the sales people who are on hand.
3. Ask Questions About the Cars
If any vehicles catch your eye, don’t be afraid to chat up the person who’s assigned to that car. If you’re at a show where owners are displaying their vehicles, you may find out some great insights about a car’s performance, features, and capabilities by chatting with the owner. Don’t be shy about talking to other attendees. Part of what makes car shows so much fun is being around other people who love cars just as much as you do.
Whether you speak with a salesperson or owner, it’s a good idea to take notes. Chances are high that you’ll talk to a lot of people, and you may forget some of the information if you don’t take good notes. If the show allows photographs, take pictures of the cars that interest you. Again, this is a helpful way to keep track of the vehicles that caught your attention.
4. Check the Rules in Advance
Before the show, find out if you can bring water bottles, strollers, walkers, pets, large bags, and any other item that may present a challenge. Each show has its own rules, which often depend on the venue where the show is taking place. If you have a specific need or concern, it’s best to check ahead rather than arrive at the show and be disappointed.
Attending a car show lets you see some amazing vehicles up close. By following these tips, you’re more likely to fully enjoy your first show.