How to buy your next car: A step by step guide

car purchaseBuying a car can be a hassle for a lot of people, and they end up loathing the whole process. However, if you have been out of the game for a couple of years or you are a newbie to this process, then it can be hard to know where to start.

In this article, we are going to focus on some important tips when buying your next car. If you heed them then when you go to purchase the vehicle it will be easier and less stressful.

  1. Determine your needs.

A car can tell a lot about a person. If you are going to buy a car, you need to assess your needs first. For one, know if you are looking to use it on a daily basis or for leisure.

There are a few factors that you need to consider while figuring out your needs. They include the following

  • The number of passengers that would be in your car normally
  • How much space is in your garage? It will help you decide the size of the car you can buy.
  • Children seats are needed?
  • What is the Fuel efficiency you are looking for?
  • Cargo capacity
  • Safety features
  • Mileage
  • Important interior features
  1. Set a budget

Read the blogs on to know how you can decide your own budget.  One general rule that should be a priority is setting a budget. Whether you decide to pay cash or lease a vehicle it is crucial it lies within your budget.

If you decide to lease a car, then the monthly payments should not exceed 15% of your total monthly income. Purchase a car that is within your budget, and you are sure you can handle all its finances.

  1. Decide whether to lease or buy a car

There are a lot of factors to consider before buying or leasing a car.  Buying a car can be a bit more expensive than leasing it. But the pros of buying outweigh the cons. Some of the pros of buying a car include:-

  • If you are going to keep the vehicle for a long period expenses are bound to be less.
  • You have the chance to sell whenever you want.
  • There are no mileage penalties.
  • You can design your car to whichever taste you want.

Leasing on the other can be cheap, but as soon as the lease comes to an end, you will have no car. This means you have to go around shopping for another car.

  1. Shop around for cars that are within the same range class.

Everyone dreams of buying the car of their dreams. But the market is ever-changing, and new models are added daily to the showrooms. Checking out new cars might be worthwhile as well.

However, if your mind is set in a particular car, you don’t need to go for a higher priced one. Just look for other cars in the same range.

  1. Negotiate Terms

Buying a car is one of the biggest purchases any person can make. This is a big investment that you can end up paying for the next five to six years.

The process of negotiation is what is going to determine how much you are to pay. Therefore you should walk into a car dealership with confidence ready to negotiate the price and terms of payment.

The salesperson is sure going to hit you hard with a never-ending sales pitch. Thus you have to be prepared so that you don’t end up buying overpriced floor mats.

Here are some few negotiating tips that are bound to help you out.

  • Negotiate the price.
  • The loan term should be as short as possible (not exceed 60 months).
  • Avoid all the extras such as the gap insurance, fabric protection and so many more.
  • Avoid high-interest loans.
  • Do not be emotional. Keep those emotions tucked in for yourself.
  1. Buy the car under Purchase price, not monthly payments.

Car salesmen are guilty of offering some amazing monthly car paying options. They can be enticing but do not be fooled you may end up paying for the car for over 62 months. This is a rip-off.

Before you buy the car ensure you know the full price of the car. There may be a lot of extras that are attached to the car, and if you do not know them, you may end up paying more than the initial price.

  1. Consider online buying.

The process of buying a car should be fun, but traditional buying can be unpleasant especially when you have to deal with car salesmen.

However, it’s a new century which is run by the internet. A lot of people nowadays prefer buying a car online to avoid the hassle of physical buying.

The best part of buying a car online is that you can avoid negotiation. A lot of car dealerships are already using the internet to get in touch with their customers. Moreover, some websites can link you with the car you want at your preferred price range.

Car buying could not be any easier. But always remember whether it is traditional or online buying you can always walk away if the deal does not work for you.

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