Auto Tips 2018: Save Time and Money Buying Your First Car

Buying your first car may seem like a daunting task – and it is. A vehicle is a big investment. There are many factors to be considered before pulling out your checkbook on the lot. This article gives insight into money and time saving tips as well as caveats to look out for when buying a car.

Do’s and Don’ts When Buying A Car

Buying a car can be a positive experience if you do your research ahead of time and arrive prepared. Whenever you decide to go shopping for a new vehicle, try following these simple do’s and don’ts of buying a car to ensure you will drive off in your dream car, feeling relieved and fulfilled.

Do: Research Your Purchase

Before buying a new vehicle, arm yourself with information about both the vehicle you wish to purchase as well as the dealership you’ve chosen. Visit the dealership’s website, read their reviews and check out their social media presence. Good reviews are a sure sign you’ve made a good choice. There are also blogs and forums online, which can help to guide you in your research on buying a car. Dealership sites as well as forums provide available data online, listing features, prices, specifications, and any other information you may need.  Some websites even provide safety and reliability factors.

The internet is a great source of real time information about the prices and features of cars that are currently available. Researching before you buy will help you save time and money because you have the advantage of having access to information about the car prior to making your decision.  

Don’t: Say That You Will Be Paying In Cash

Car companies often prefer cash and will prioritize customers who claim upfront that they will be paying in cash. Negotiate the price of the vehicle first, if possible,and disclose to the dealer that you have not decided about financing just yet. A good dealer won’t push you in a direction you’re not ready to go.

Do: Be Aware Of Your Budget and Credit Score

Before actually buying a car, it is important to check your monthly budget or allowance for this investment. Review your budget and credit score because these factors will help you to consider which kind of vehicle you can afford. Aside from the overall price of the car, there are additional costs to consider like insurance, fuel and maintenance costs. Dealerships offer financing and servicing options, and sitting down with an expert advisor can help guide you in the right direction. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have.

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