5 Steps to Buying Your First Car
You got your first job and you’re renting an apartment of your own. The next testament to your full independence is to buy your first car. Buying your first car can be overwhelming, but doing research ahead of time will make it less daunting and help you arrive at an informed decision on the best car for you. Here are some tips:
Set a budget.
First, you should decide how much you want to spend on a car. You’ve already decided to get a used car and may have set aside money. It may not be enough if you have your sight on a luxury vehicle, in which case you may also want to consider financing. Also consider the costs of owning a car – gas, maintenance and repair. Come up with a realistic budget, compare cars, then determine which vehicle would have the best value for you.
Start your research.
You can begin by reading car reviews online, on sites like the Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, Consumer Reports. These sites have professional reviews of different cars they have road tested. Make a list of features you want in your new car. This will help you easily compare vehicles and decide on the make, model and year of vehicle you would like to own.
Refine your car search.
After you get general overviews of cars, you’ll need to refine your vehicle search. If you have a long commute to and from work, a good fuel economy vehicle may be a good choice. Do you want a car with the latest technology gadgets? Are the latest safety features more important to you?
Check with your insurer.
Check with your current insurance company to see how much it will cost to insure different vehicles, since the cost to insure different makes and models varies.
If you are patient, you can benefit by scouting for deals or timing your purchase with a dealer’s sales, many of which happen during a holiday. Dealers offer end of summer deals and incentives on older models to make room for the newer models.
Most people remember the first car they bought on their own. With a little research and preparation, you will have a rewarding experience and remember yours!
Carousel Pre-Owned serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. Since opening our doors, Carousel Pre-Owned has maintained a solid commitment to you, our customers. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa.
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