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Here's What You Should Be Looking Out For Whenever You Go Car Shopping

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Here's What You Should Be Looking Out For Whenever You Go Car Shopping

James Kupe
August 13, 2013


It is hard to dispute the fact that car shopping is a stressful, anxiety-ridden task for many individuals. The sheer size of the expenditure involved and the myriad of choices on the market make the need for education and information quite critical. Fortunately, the tips below can make the process far simpler than you may have believed.

Don't forget to look into the cost of parts for a vehicle before you buy it. Some cars, especially imports, cost significantly more to maintain than others. Investigate the cost of parts that wear out frequently, such as tires, brakes, and windshield wiper blades. Research the cost of alternators, spark plugs, and other engine components, too.

Rather than buying a brand-new car, purchase a slightly used one that is only a couple of years old. Many cars come with transferable warranties that last for three years or 36,000 miles. You will save a significant amount over buying new, and the warranty will give you peace of mind for the first year or so.

When buying a used car, be very careful about how clean the car is. Many car salespeople have professional cleaners who can make a piece of junk look brand new. Always get the car checked by a mechanic. Even if it looks fantastic, a mechanic will be able to spot any major issues.

Check out the maker's site if you want to customize your car. While the cars on the dealership lot may be the kind of car, you want, a number of car manufacturers give you the opportunity to customize the car a bit with color and features. You may have to wait a few weeks more to get your car, but it might be worth it.

If you worry about resisting strong-arm sales tactics, take a friend along on your shopping trip. Try bringing a relative or friend to ask important questions and negotiate offers. Tell them exactly what you're looking to buy and how much you have to spend before you go.

Have a fixed budget in mind before you go car shopping. This involves assessing your monthly income and bills, and having a clear understanding of how much you can really afford to add to those. Doing this will help you to stay in budget when you make your new car purchase.

Before buying a car, consider the cost of insurance. If you are financing the car, you will probably need comprehensive coverage, in addition to liability protection. Some cars cost significantly more to insure than others. Avoid any surprises by asking your insurance company for a quote before you sign any paperwork.

Never purchase a car the same day that you find it. A rule of thumb is to sleep on the decision. That way you have time to think about the pros and cons of the car and how much you think the car is for you. Do not worry that the car will be sold in the meantime as there are many more out there.

Shopping for a new vehicle can make even the most savvy consumers shudder. Because there is so much money involved, making a decision can be extremely difficult for many. However, by taking the time to review tips like those found in the article above, it is possible to actually have fun selecting a new car.


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