How To Find The Right Car

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December 1, 2016

How To Find The Right Car

Buying a vehicle can be a daunting task in spite of the excitement and anticipation of being behind the wheel of a fun new car. It’s a big decision, and you want to make sure that you are purchasing the right vehicle for your needs. To help you overcome certain speed bumps, we’ve come up with a few tips that will help steer you through the process.

1. Start this car-buying journey by assessing your needs and the type of car that will support your lifestyle. Do you need a car for long commutes, loads of equipment, short hops around town, carpooling kids and gear? Is a green car important to you? Is luxury, high performance, or styling a factor? Is safety a key consideration? These will help direct you toward a sedan, sports car, SUV, wagon, crossover, truck or van then luxury, performance, economy, electric or hybrid.   

2. Determine a budget. There is a big jump in price between a basic model and the fully loaded version so be aware of what all those extra features might add to  your cost and if you are willing to pay for them. Take a realistic look at your personal finances to understand what you can comfortably afford, remember that tax and license will add about 10% over the purchase price and insurance will be another significant expense associated with car ownership.  

3. Once you have determined the type of car that you are interested in spend some time looking at reviews of different make and models in that category. Carsquare has a convenient link to these reviews. 

4. One of the first questions the car dealer is going to ask you is whether you would like to lease or buy a car. So be ready to answer this question before you get to the car dealership. Research the web on the pros and cons of leasing to see if this is the right strategy for you.

5. Understand financing options, know what your credit score is and how it will affect your car-buying experience and choices. Dealerships will offer financing to creditworthy borrowers. If you are buying from a private individual you will be expected to pay cash.  

6. Once you have decided what vehicle you want, it’s important to take it for a test-drive. Take your time with the car and see exactly what options are available to you. If you are satisfied with the vehicle, if it fits your needs and your budget, sit down with the dealer and negotiate the best deal. 

7. Don’t feel like you have to accept and sign a deal right away. You can come back later in the day or later in the week. Chances are, the dealer wants to close the deal more than you do, take advantage of this leverage and enjoy this part of the process. 

Car dealers know that there is a strong emotional element for car buyers, especially once they have gone through all of the work to find and test drive a car. Be informed, plan to buy the right car for your lifestyle and your budget, stay level headed and take your time. Soon you’ll be the happy owner of a great car that’s just right for you.