Are you weary of mass transit and its high level of unpredictability? You want to get a car? You need to realize that buying a car is one of the most important transactions of your life. So, careful preparation is key!
Make a budget….and stick to it!
Buying a car can be a major improvement for your quality of life. For most households, a car is more than a luxury, it is a must. On the other hand, if the car you buy is so expensive to run that it leaves you breathless, it may not be such a good thing.
Even before you start the buying process, it is important that you establish a strict budget. Be careful and do not forget any details. Examine your income carefully and set your priorities. You must also think of the future: could your financial situation change (career change, mortgage, a new baby)?
Make sure you don’t cheat! What’s important is to find out what monthly payment you can invest in a car. Don’t forget that the cost of a vehicle involves more than just the purchase price! With your budget, think about auto insurance, registration, maintenance, gas, as well as the cost of accessories you can’t do without, like snow tires and windshield wipers.
In addition to ensuring you don’t spend more than you can afford, a accurate budget will guide you in your choice of vehicle.
Determine what your needs are
With a view to guide your research and avoid mistakes, ask yourself these questions : what do I want from a new car? What do I really need?
Of course, a convertible cabriolet is very appealing, and you dream of having a powerful four-wheel drive Jeep, but are they what you really need? If you are a fan of driving off-roads in the country, you may not be satisfied with a small two-door car, even if it really does take very little gas. In short, analyze your lifestyle and determine what suits you best. Be precise, take everything into account and do not over or underestimate your needs.
You have defined your budget and narrowed down your choices to one or two models of car. Now it is time to do you homework.
Get as much information as possible! Until you know it all. The more you find out, the less you run the risk of making a bad choice. You don’t need to become an expert, but almost! You need to know that you are about to enter a world of seasoned professionals, some of whom would not hesitate to take advantage of you. Don’t give them the chance!
Numerous sources of information are available : car guides, specialized magazines, etc. Don’t hesitate to call car dealers to get information or car specialists like the Automobile Protection Association (APA), for example. People around you can also help: ask questions about their experience and ask for advice.
And, of course, there is the Internet, which is an endless source of information. But beware of unreliable sources! Only visit impartial websites with a good reputation.
This document has been designed to provide you with a maximum of information and resources and to help you in the buying process. It contains a lot of useful and practical advice.