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How to Prepare for Buying a Car

Jan 23, 2008
Car buying is a difficult experience when you are not prepared. There are several things you should know before you ever step into a car dealer's office or seek out a private owner from the millions of ads available. The first and most important aspect of car buying is having your finances under control. When you are looking for a car there are several possibilities in how you will buy that car. You can have the money for the entire car purchase price, which is very rare for most of us or seek a loan or lease.

When you seek a loan there are many things the car dealer as well as the loan company is going to look at. It is all about negotiation. The car dealer is going to look at you for risk and make sure you can handle the loan payments of the car you are interested in. There is also a matter of making sure you are not apart of any scams. There are at least ten known scams car dealerships will use in order to make you buy a car for more money or to refuse you a loan. You have to be armed with all of the pertinent information before you ever go to buy a car.

We have talked about the financial side of things as far as having it under control, but there is so much more to the entire deal. First you will want to have a good idea of the type of car you want to buy. You will want to do as much research online as possible about that car. Find out what the national highway traffic safety administration says about the safety of the car, find out what retail used prices should be according to Kelly Blue Book and other consumer reports.

If you know what to expect regarding the car as far as price for new and used as well as what a dealer may ask you will be armed with more information that will help you succeed in purchasing that car for a fair price. You may be interested in a couple of cars and need to test drive them before you can make the ultimate decision. The same thing is going to apply. You need to have as much information about any car you are interested in before you approach a dealer or even a personal sale.

Once you know about the car you need to be armed with your personal data. When you purchase a car with a loan or lease the car dealership is going to run your credit history, ask for references, and check your employment status. You will need to bring with you verification of your identity as well as at least one pay stub. You should also have the reference list with you. As for your credit history they are going to have you fill out a form. However you should know the information they are going to pull up before they access it. So you should have your own copy with you to compare.
About the Author
Mark Robinson writes for Auto-Loans.GuideFin.com. Visit his website for information about student car loans.
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