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Finding The Right Car For Your life

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Dec 20, 2017 7:08 PM

Shopping for a car is fun. The question is, how do find the ideal vehicle for you? With enough planning and research, you can get the best car for you. Once you know the car you want, it is up to you to decide whether you will buy a new or used car. In this article, you will learn what you need to do so that you find the right vehicle for you.

1. Evaluate your needs.

Everyone has a dream car. In some cases where you do not have enough money to afford your dream car, you buy a car that suits your needs. You need to consider some of the facts below before purchasing a car:

• The number of passengers you need to carry.

• Do you need a two-wheel or a four-wheel drive vehicle?

• You need to know if you are going to carry car seats.

• Think about your garage or parking space.

2. You need to have a budget.

If you are not paying cash for the car you want, you have to plan on how you will pay your lease. The next thing is to ensure you know how much you can afford to pay on a monthly basis comfortably. The figure should be 20 percent of your monthly salary.

3. Are you leasing or buying?

Both leasing and buying have advantages and disadvantages. When you lease, you pay less per month. The problem is that when the lease ends, you have to surrender the car and go back to the market. If you opt to buy a car, it is expensive at first, and the monthly payments are high. Once you are done paying the loan, you get full ownership of the vehicle.

4. Consider other vehicles when you visit the car yard.

Most people shopping for cars know what they want. Nowadays, new cars are hitting the showroom daily. Therefore, a car you have never thought of could be the right one for you. Even if you have a car in mind, compare the other vehicles in the same class to ensure that you do not overlook a better option.

5. Factor in the costs of owning the car you want to buy.

Some vehicles are cheaper to buy but expensive to maintain. You might find two cars that have the same price, but one is more costly to maintain and insure. If for example, you are shopping for an SUV, you cannot expect the maintenance and insurance costs of Acura MDX to be the same as that of Land Rover Discovery. Car buyers are advised to estimate the long-term costs of owning the car they want. These costs include fuel, insurance, and depreciation.

6. Take the car for a test drive

Most salespeople believe that once the client feels the wheel, the deal is complete. Test driving more than three cars might be a hassle because you probably have a busy schedule, but it is worth it. A car might have all the features you need, but reality checks in when you seat on that driver seat and start driving the car. Set aside one Saturday morning and schedule a test drive. By doing that, you will be able to know what you need.

7. The right time to pick the car you want.

Once you have done tests for different vehicles, you probably know what you want. If you feel like you have not yet made up your mind, do not let anyone rush you. Take your time and decide. Feel free to refer to the internet, or consult your family and friends just in case you are unsure. Nobody wants to buy a vehicle then start regretting a month later.

When you are buying a car, do not let your emotions take over, control them. Look at the robust features of the vehicle you want first, and then let the fun factor come later. Once you can balance, you will own a car that you love and enjoy while at the same time it serves all your needs.

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