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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!

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?