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New Year, New Car

December 23, 2016
Whoa! Can you believe we are already entering a new year?! I’m super excited! A lot of times we make New Year’s resolutions and goals, but aren’t sure how to even go about making those resolutions and goals happen. A big goal I hear often is getting a new car. Getting a new car is both exciting and fun, but can also be frustrating if you’re not sure where to start. I’ve gathered some tips for those of you who plan on doing it big this next year and buying a new car.
  • Research I cannot stress how important this step is. If you go car shopping without knowing exactly what you want, it can be overwhelming. Research online and ask questions so that you can narrow down to the top 2 or 3 cars. This will help eliminate stress and save a ton of time.
  • Apply for a Car Loan Once you apply and are approved, you can either begin to save up for a down payment, or narrow down your car choice to the one that best fits your budget. Not sure where or how to apply for a car loan? We can help you here.
  • Trade In If you are looking to trade in your current car for a new vehicle, then it is important that you know the value of your car. Getting appraisals from at least 3 dealerships will help you know the roundabout value of your car. From there you can either trade in for your new vehicle or decide to sell your car.
  • Test Drive Okay, so you’ve taken care of the most important things, now it’s time to put your desired car to the test. Even though the car may check out on paper, you have to see if the driving style matches your driving style. Going on a test drive will seal the deal.
  • Close the Deal! Congrats! You now have a brand new car! You’ve done your research, stuck to your budget, and found the perfect car for you! Now you can successfully cruise through the rest of the year.

5 Tips to Keep a New Year's Resolution

December 30, 2013

It’s that time of year again, time to write down your New Year’s resolutions! Most common resolutions are quit bad habits, fit into your skinny jeans, and save money to buy a new vehicle.

I know that keeping a resolution alive throughout the year can be difficult. For example, saving your money to buy a new vehicle can be quite hard when you want those new shoes. That is why I made some quick tips about how to keep a resolution.

Tip #1. Put some thought into it. Make sure that this year you will accomplish something you really want to get done. Don’t let other people persuade you, make it your own.

Tip #2. Write it down. Most years I completely forget what I wanted to accomplish. If you write it down, either in a journal or a calendar, then you are more likely to remember your resolution.

Tip #3. Make a plan. It’s hard to finish a goal without some form of steps to achieve it. If you are trying to save money for a new car, then budget your money so you can afford it. Start by saving x amount of dollars from your paychecks each month.

Tip #4. Carry it out. This is the hard part, but also the fun part. Try not to skip a month, week, or day of your resolution. Try your hardest, and you will gain the reward.

Tip #5. Reward yourself. If it’s buying a new car, make that day a special one! Facebook, Instagram, and tweet to everyone that you accomplished your goal!

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?

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What's your New Year's Resolution … and your car's?

January 3, 2011

Toast to the new year!

The ultimate question : What is your New Year’s Resolution? It’s the beginning of a new year, a fresh start. Now is the time to pick up that extra spin class or put that money aside for the future. For those of you who believe in starting over for the new year, tell me this: What is your resolution this year? I’ll start off by saying mine … LEARN TO COOK! (I mean, I do love to eat so it only makes sense…) Now, let’s put this into “car perspective” and talk about your vehicle’s New Year’s resolution. 1. Get in shape!  In “car talk” means –  routine maintenance 2. Save money!  In “car talk” means – invest in warranties & coverage (saving in the long run) 3. Keep tidy!  In “car talk” means – clean out car once a week (take the proper care) 4. Learn something new! In “car talk” means – educate yourself on your vehicle. Just some New Year’s tips from your friend! Happy New Year!