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Car Shopping Doesn't Have To Be Miserable

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Car Shopping Doesn't Have To Be Miserable

Mary Bruns
July 23, 2013


So you're ready to get your first car! Congrats, but do you really know everything that is involved with the purchase of a vehicle. To someone who is new to this world, there are a lot of important factors to consider when buying a car. Read on and learn some helpful hints and tips.

Prior to going shopping for a new vehicle, you must be aware of your needs. What can you afford? How many do you need the car to seat? You will need to know the gas milage that is acceptable for your budget. Do you need four or two doors? Write out your wish list, and take it to the dealership with you.

Before beginning your car shopping journey map out exactly how much of a payment you can afford. Take the time to write out a budget and see how much money is left over each month. By doing this one step, you can avoid getting into a situation where you put a financial strain on your budget.

Do not get your heart set on a particular model of car when you are car shopping. You need to leave your options open so that you can get the best deal possible. The exact car you have decided you want may not be the best available option at the time you are ready to buy.

Know what kind of vehicle you are considering ahead of time. Check online to determine which kind of vehicle is most suitable for you and your finances. You can also get a good idea of the expected price range of your desired car, so you won't be caught unawares by a slick salesperson.

Know what you want before you step foot in a dealership. You are going to be dealing with professional salespeople, so have your mind made up about what you are willing to pay, what you want and what you are not interested in. That will make it less likely for them to sway you.

If you are going to be purchasing a used car, one of the top things you should be looking at is the mileage of the car. As nice as a car may be, if it has 150,000 miles on it already, you probably will not get much use out of it.

Shopping for a new car can seem complicated when it comes to pricing. Take your iPad or phone with you to the dealer. You can search the Internet and find car payment calculators that will let you know what your payment is going to be without having to rely on the dealer.

Do not get all the extras offered during the negotiation. These things include extended warranties, clear coat and fabric care options. You can generally purchase these features after you have bought the car for a fraction of the price. Also, do yo really want to be paying for these few features over the length of the loan.

Never agree to pay the asking price! There are few cars for sale out there that do not have some room for negotiation in the price. When you have researched the vehicle, inspected it and given it your approval, negotiate the final price based off your findings. Do not settle on a price until you are happy with your investment.

Whenever you are in the market for a car, be it new or old, make sure you take it for a test drive. You need to get a feel for your car to see if you can picture yourself driving it day in and day out so this step cannot be emphasized enough.

When in the finance office, read your final contract thoroughly. Many dealerships will try to rush you through this step, and they may change important information or financing terms as a result. Make sure the terms are exactly what you agreed to. If they are not, ask them to make changes before you sign anything.

Hopefully you haven't been scared away with all of the information given in the article above. Yes, there is a lot to consider when purchasing a car, but when you take your time and do your research you are much more likely to end up with a car that you'll be happy with for years to come. So go out there and get it done!


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