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My first car was a little green bobcat with wood paneling. I didn’t care what others thought, to me it was beautiful and besides my future husband bought it for me. That little car was just right for me. Back in those days, we had 3 options to buy a car: find sales in newspaper ads, be lucky enough to drive by your dream car with a For Sale sign or go to different dealerships till you found what you liked. We didn’t make good car buying decisions back then. We have come a long way in what we know and so have the resources we can use when purchasing a new vehicle.
Recently we bought a Mini Van, but before we stepped a foot into the dealership, we had some research to do. To be honest we were a little on the desperate side. We needed two cars and one just broke down. I wasn’t eager to go to a dealership. I wasn’t eager to start making monthly payments; both our cars were paid off. That is why doing our homework was so important.
Things to know before Buying a New Car
1. What is your budget? Look at your current budget and see how much you can afford to comfortably pay each month. We used Cars.com Finance Calculator. Start out with how much you want to pay each month and how much down you have. This will give you a ballpark car price to look for.
2. When you have a vehicle in mind, is it safe? Check the safety ratings. You can also check the reviews and see what people are saying about the model you are interesting.
3. You can also search for a dealership with the good ratings.
4. When it is time, be in agreement with each other if your spouse is involved as to what you’re willing to pay, how much down payment if any.
Be confident in your car buying decision and know you did your research.