Tips for Buying Your First Car

October 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Buying your first car can be an exciting milestone! One of the things that you are obtaining along with your first car is your freedom.

It is important to keep common sense at the front of your mind when you buy a car because you want it to be a good experience.

Here are some of the top tips for buying your car:

1. Buy a car that you can afford. If you purchase a car on finance it can take a lot of time and effort to pay that car off. When you are looking at cars, have a price range in mind before you start shopping, decide what you can afford and stick to that to avoid high car payments. Try to buy your car with cash so that you do not have payments, but if you need financing, get approval in advance of shopping around to buy a car.

2. Choose a car that has a lot of life left in it if it is used (which is highly likely). If you are not sure about the condition of the car, take it to a local mechanic for an inspection to make sure that it is in good running condition and that there are no expensive hidden repairs that you might be responsible for. Take someone with you when you look at cars, that has some knowledge about car engines and body condition.

3. Find a car that you can drive – if you do not know how to drive a standard, then you do not want to purchase a standard vehicle. It is worthwhile to take driving lessons to ensure that you are able to drive well before you purchase a vehicle.

4. If you buy a used car, try to locate and read about its history. There are many different providers of this information and they all show the same type of thing, including a history of the vehicle maintenance and if the vehicle was involved in an accident in the past.

5. Test drive the car to see how it feels and if you like driving it. Just because a car “looks good” does not mean it will be a good car to drive. Test driving the car will also let you determine if the car is in good condition and has any issues – braking problems, transmission problems, etc.

6. Research the type of car that you want to purchase and determine a reasonable price range before you start to shop around. You should have an idea of what is a good price for a certain year of that make and model and this will allow you to negotiate a fair deal so you do not pay too much.

7. If possible, purchase your car from an individual rather than a car dealer. You will end up getting a much better price and you may be able to afford the cost of the car without financing. Car dealers can pressure you into making a purchase. While private sellers want to sell their car, they are not going to pressure you like a car dealer.

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