How To Read A Window Sticker

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Whether you're shopping for a new car or have visited our Clinton Toyota dealership serving Easton and Bedminster Township recently, you've most likely seen stickers in the windows of the vehicles located on our lot. Oftentimes referred to as a Monroney sticker, this piece of paper has tons of information about the vehicle you're looking at that can help put the process into perspective and affect your car-buying decisions.

Some dealerships may choose to display their car window stickers differently, but each sticker is legally required to contain the same information. Some of the most crucial pieces of information auto shoppers will find on a window sticker include:

1. Model Information

In this first part of the sticker, you'll find basic vehicle information such as the make, model, year, engine configuration, interior and exterior color, as well as its vehicle identification number. This will help you determine if the car you're looking at matched the window sticker information.

2. Standard & Optional Equipment

Usually found on the left side of the sticker is a complete breakdown of the car's standard features that are included in the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). This list includes everything from engine options and tire size, to the most basic safety features like seatbelts. Window stickers also provide information on any special packages or optional features that may be included in the specific make and model you're interested in.

3. Warranty Information

This piece shows the specific warranty information for the vehicle, including powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties, roadside assistance packages, and any other manufacturer's offers that relate to the particular make and model.

4. Total Price

Perhaps the area that auto shoppers pay the most attention to, this part of the sticker shows the total MSRP for the vehicle. This isn't necessarily the final price you will pay, but it can provide a good starting point for negotiation. Numerous dealership offer new car specials and incentives, so if you're shopping for a new ride in Clinton, feel free to take advantage of our new Toyota specials to score the right car at a great price!

5. Fuel Economy & Safety Ratings

The last major items listed on a window sticker are the vehicle's fuel economy and safety ratings. This section is sometimes referred to as an EPA label and gives auto shoppers an estimate of the vehicle's fuel efficiency, broken down into both city and highway mpg. Also listed is the vehicle's safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests a number of new cars every year and issues them safety ratings based how well a vehicle performs in various crash tests. All of these tests are typically average together and an overall vehicle score based on the NHTSA's 5-Star safety rating system is displayed on the window sticker.

Find Your Next Ride at Toyota World of Clinton

Once you're able to read and understand a car window sticker, you'll be an informed shopper and can feel more secure when it comes time to purchase a new or new to you car. Contact us online for more information on how to read window stickers or give the Toyota World of Clinton team a call at (908) 638-4100 to learn more about our inventory of capable Toyota models.

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