Things To Consider Before Buying A Car


Almost every person recommends you should buy a used car or a new car but have you ever give it a thought why most of the car bought do not use up to a year before they start developing fault?  It’s crucial you’re armed with information about the cars you are interested in before you walk to the sale man.

Here are tips and strategies for making sure you get the best-quality car at the lowest price.

Think about financing

Take a look at your budget and figure out how much money you’ve got left after the basic needs. Come up with a monthly payment you can afford and what kind of deposit you can put down. Check online to see available auto loans to know what you can afford.

Compare prices

Get the detailed pricing info in advance: Price the car at different dealerships and use online services to get an invoice and deal pricing.  Use the online car value tool to find out the

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and the dealer invoice of a car as well as a range of prices you can expect to see at dealerships.  You should also visit dealer sites to look for rebate offers.

Do your research.

Before heading to the dealership or contacting someone who is selling car, it is advisable to visit the internet. The Internet allows you with a great opportunity to research more about the model of car before you purchase it and to know which kind of new or used cars in your area. Also, ask for any consumer on the web who can give you ideas of what to look for in a given model so that you can avoid having a bad experience.

For a used car, it is highly important to dig deeper by asking about the car’s life from the first purchase and be prepared to ask the right question.

Is it Automatic or Manual?

Know that cars with automatic transmissions are becoming popular and increase in the country. Automatic transmission gives a lower mileage.  Mileage is the main constraint for a family budget car. Look for the best one in the range of cars that you have in mind before making a choice. Also, automatic transmission cars are great if you drive yourself around. Did you know that some of the newer models come with “semi-automatic” transmission, where the clutch is automated and you only need to move the gear stick?

What sort of maintenance and insurance can I afford?

You need to know what works best for your car and budget, and what sort of protection you have. Ask yourself these questions; will your budget meet the service cost? Does the insurance premium go up or down because of your lifestyle?

 Have the Car Inspected

It is important to check the repair history on the specific car you are interested in, look for the repair record of the make and model. “Check J.D. Power and Consumer Reports reliability ratings to see if the vehicle you’re considering is known to be a reliable one.

For a used car get a mechanic to inspect the car in other to find the potential issues, such as leaks, and to determine if the car was involved in an accident before. Also check the car underneath to see any damage that was not repaired this will save you a lot of money in repairs in the long run.

Shopping for a car can be frightening, but with the right research and preparation, you won’t have any loss or regrets.

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