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Shopping for a new car can be both fun and frustrating, especially if you’re unsure what to look for, where to shop, and who to buy from. One of the best ways to ensure your new car shopping experience is hassle-free is by creating a budget before you start looking.
Another thing you’ll want to consider before making any purchases is whether you find yourself more comfortable buying new or used vehicles. The decision may come down to either cost savings or quality, but one option will likely be more beneficial than the other, depending on your circumstances. Regardless of which option you choose, it’s best to do some research before getting started. Many sources available online can help inform you about the process and what a fair price would be in your area. The Kelley Blue Book, Consumer Reports, and Edmunds are three reputable sites worth checking out online. You may also want to talk with friends or family members who have recently purchased new cars for advice and tips on negotiating with a salesperson and other important considerations when making a purchase.
Once you’ve learned about budgeting for new and used cars, tried test driving some models, learned about different features, and started narrowing down your preferred vehicle choices, it’s time to talk with a salesperson and negotiate. The salesperson will likely be friendly and helpful during this process, but that doesn’t mean you need to be shy about asking for what you want or need. There may be some features you’re willing to give up in the tradeoff for a lower price, so consider carefully what is most important when making a purchase.
Finally, before driving home in your new vehicle, make sure you go through the entire buying process, including inspecting the car’s exterior and interior plus all of its components. It’s also probably a good idea to have someone else with you (a friend or family member) who can double-check everything as well.