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How to Get the New Car You Really Want

January 6, 2014
In the new year I’m willing to be that many of you are ready for a fresh start. And you might even be looking for a fresh start with your car! Though it’s a big purchase to make, the beginning of the year is a great time to be in the market for a new vehicle. You’re refreshed with the start of a new year and most likely resolved to set budgets, priorities, life goals, etc! I put this post together to help you avoid the overwhelming feeling that often comes with car shopping. Even though most people have a few ideas of what they want in a car, sometimes they end walking away from the dealership unsatisfied. I think this usually happens because people haven’t done their due diligence, and they get confused along the car shopping journey. Hence, I’ve made this outline to help you through the car-buying process. If you follow these steps, you’ll avoid much of the stress of car shopping. Take it slow, don’t skip any steps, and you’ll be on your way to new car happiness!
  • First, determine your budget. This ultimately will guide you through the rest of the car buying process, because it will give you a starting ground for the type of cars you’ll be able to shop for.
  • Next, determine the most important features your car must have. Are you a commuter who values great gas mileage? A mother who values passenger capability? A young professional who’s got the need for speed?
  • After you’ve set a budget and qualities of your car, you’ll need to figure out if you’re in the market for a new car or a used car. They both have their benefits, but your lifestyle will probably be best suited for one or the other.
  • Once you narrow down a budget, features of your car and if you want new or used, it’s time to do your research. Look online for cars that have the features you’re looking for, compare and contrast the differences between similar vehicles, and decide on one or two that might be right for you.
  • Before getting in the driver’s seat, you’ll also want to get an idea of how much you’ll be paying for the car you want. Look up the value of the car, and learn about how dealerships and private sellers will be pricing the vehicle. You don’t want to go into the situation surprised by the amount you have to spend. Knowledge is power when you’re negotiating!
  • Now it’s time to head to the dealership! You’ve read about the cars, but you’ll need to get behind the wheel to really know how you feel.
  • After test driving, I recommend going home to sleep on it. Think about the pros and cons of each car and which one will be best for your lifestyle and give you the most bang for your buck.
  • Finally, it’s buying time. Keeping in mind the research you’ve done on pricing, and leave a bit of room for flexibility. For example, if a car is new and in high demand, you may have a harder time getting the price you want. But if the car is older and more plentiful in supply, you have more room to demand the price you want!
After buying, it’s time to put the pedal to the metal and enjoy that new ride! Your new car is going to play a huge role in your life, so the experience should be a pleasant one. I hope these tips help!

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