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February 18, 2014

5 Tips To Buying The Right Car For You

Buying a car is a major financial decision that can affect every part of your life. Choose the wrong car, and every trip could be uncomfortable, your monthly gas bill could go up, and you’ll drown in maintenance problems. That means it’s critical to choose the right vehicle when you’re looking for a new car. Follow these tips to save time and money.

1. Know what features you need.
Before walking into our dealership, think about you really need in a car. While some things, such as the number of seats will be obvious, take the time to research options such as side-curtain airbags and navigation systems. If you know what you need, you won’t waste time looking at vehicles that don’t have it.

2. Figure out how much car you can actually afford.
Look at your budget before coming in and determine how much you can realistically spend on a car. If you’re using a loan, figure out how much your maximum monthly payment could be. We’re pretty good at finding the best financing option available, so we’ll be able to tell you how much car you can get on any budget.
3. Don’t buy features you don’t need.
Every feature costs more money, and dropping features is one of the easiest ways to get the make and model vehicle you want within your budget. If you don’t need a video entertainment system or a premium sound system, don’t buy a car with one. There’s no reason to spend money on a feature you don’t want.
4. Consider the extended warranty.
These warranties can save you a lot in maintenance over the life of your vehicle. While they were once just a way to make money, several independent consumer agencies have now officially stated that these warranties are a good deal for anyone who is buying a newer vehicle with expensive maintenance. People buying trucks, SUVs, and minivans should seriously look at the expected maintenance costs of the vehicle and compare that amount to what a warranty could cost them. In addition to saving money, these warranties also give you a lot of peace of mind, since they often cover towing and other repairs at shops around the country.
5. Ask about the vehicle’s history.
If you’re buying a used vehicle, you need to know it’s history in order to determine your potential future maintenance costs. Car fax reports will allow you to determine how many owners the vehicle has had and whether or not the vehicle has been in an accident.

Buying a car is a big financial commitment that can affect your finances and lifestyle for years. Take the time to make sure you select the right vehicle for you and your family.

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