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Things To Do Before Buying A Car

Nov 9, 2007
For most of us, purchasing a new car is a serious investment we should not take lightly. Regardless if you have failed the mechanical aptitude test or you are engine savvy, purchasing a vehicle is not that hard. With numerous sources of information, you can definitely make the right choice when time comes and not receive less than your money can buy. You only need to devote the necessary time and energy to complete each step with the ultimate success.

First, decide on what type of vehicle best serves your current wants. Before choosing the color of your new automobile, you have to take under consideration your personal lifestyle and family needs. Are you living alone, or do you have family members who need you to transport them to various places? If you are a parent, a sedan, minivan of SUV might suit your family needs better than a luxurious sports car. A convertible is always looking "cool," but will your city's weather conditions allow you such a "carefree" car model? Furthermore, with the gas prices escalating the way they do today, you better also consider the fuel efficiency of the car you are about to purchase. Is this model you like designed to save on fuel by reducing gas mileage consumption? When you become a car owner you will thank yourself for thinking this beforehand than having to fill up your car's tank way too often for your weekly budget. Most importantly, remember that the vehicle you will choose has to cover first your needs and then those of your friends or significant others.

Now that you have a better idea of the type of car you are looking for, is time to conduct some serious and in-depth research on possible deals. Online research, magazines, colleagues and friends can help you tremendously during this process as you need as much information on the make and model that can fit your budget and needs. Consumer review boards and numerous websites have a wealth of information on what other owners like or dislike about their vehicles. Do not get misled by colorful advertisements and "once-in-a-lifetime" deals offered by numerous car dealers in your area. Finding the best possible deal needs some time, knowledge of the market and of course, good instinct.

After completing your "homework" in advance you will be able to negotiate a better deal at your local car dealership and not be afraid of getting scammed. Having a rough idea of how much the vehicle of your choice is likely to cost you is also very important. Thus, review price guides and take notes on information like which year was the car manufactured, how much mileage has on its meter, when was last used, if it was involved in any accidents, what type of bonus features are offered in case you pay cash, if the dealer offers any refunds and/or auto-service, if the vehicle comes with a guarantee, the last time it was inspected, etc. The more you know the better informed choice you will be able to make at the end. It is also a good idea to ask a mechanical savvy friend to join you when you limit your choices to two. If you are considering of a specific car but you are far from being considered an expert when it comes to inspect a car's engine, this is not a time to be ashamed for the things you are ignorant about. Be prepared, stay cautious, and most importantly, stay within your budget no matter what type of "dream" deal you come across.
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Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Automotive, Football , and Recreation
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