When buying a car, there are several things to consider before taking the plunge and driving it off the lot. Below are five questions and answers our members have voted most likely to help you make the right decision before buying a new car.
This is an important factor to consider. Purchasing a new car can be expensive, and owning a car in general is expensive. You have to consider the cost of fuel, maintenance, and insurance on top of the actual cost of purchasing the car. Needless to say, don’t buy something you know is out of your price range, and don’t buy a car that has features you don’t need. This will only be a headache later on.
Only buy from dealerships and people you know and trust. If something happens to the car down the road and you bought from a shady dealer, chances are the dealership is not going to help you when trouble arises. You want to buy from somebody who takes care of you when you’re purchasing the car. If they take care of you during your purchase, they’ll take care of you if you have problems several months or several years later.
Comparing the fuel economy of several cars you’re interested in can be a huge money saver. Knowing how much fuel you’ll use in a month, the cost of the fuel, and how cleanly the fuel is burned makes a difference. You may find out that the car you thought was cheaper and more economic on fuel was actually the more expensive option. This can be helpful in cases when you travel extensively with a larger vehicle or cars that require a more premium grade fuel.
Buying a new car is great if you have the budget for it. On the other hand, you can buy a great used car with low miles that is significantly cheaper than the newer model with the same features. If you do choose to buy a used car, make sure you know the owner or you’re buying it from a dealer you trust. You’re going to want to know the history of the car and if it has been taken care of by the previous owner. Checking for any repairs, fluid changes, or accidents is a must. Nothing worse than driving away with a used car only to find out about a serious problem that was covered up by temporary patch work.
Yes, researching online beforehand will give you an idea of what the car is really like from the perspective of others that have experience driving the car. You may be surprised to find out that the dream car you wanted had poor customer reviews or it doesn’t live up to the hype the manufacturer wanted you to believe. This can be especially helpful if a car has any recalls you didn’t know about.
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