When was the last time that you went car shopping? Probably not too recently, as car purchases aren't something that the average person does regularly. I actually know of someone who buys around 3 cars each year, and I just don't see the point of that. They must be a pro when it comes to car buying.
Anyway, to get back on point, car shopping can be a tedious and tiring process if you are not used to it. Car purchases are one of the biggest things that most people spend their money on (except for a house), and this can make car shopping a scary thing to think about.
However, car shopping does not have to be scary! Here are my tips to make car shopping even just a little bit easier for you.
Do you want a new or used car?
Before you completely rule out buying a new car, you should remember that a new car isn't always more expensive than a used car.
With the Cash For Clunkers program in the U.S. that happened a few years ago, this drove up the prices of used cars and in many cases made new cars cheaper than cars that were just one or two years old. I have also personally seen new cars that were cheaper, so you better believe it! 🙂
If you do buy a used car, make sure that you know what you are looking at. If you don't know what you are looking at, then bring someone with you! Or bring it to a mechanic.
You don't want to buy a car for it to only break down a week later. I actually had this happen to a friend recently. He bought a car and it completely broke down just 10 days later and has a LOT of repairs that need to be done.
Do you want something luxurious or something that will just do the job of getting you to work?
I do not think there is a right or wrong answer to this question. If you can afford it, then I see nothing wrong with saving and buying the car that you want (even if it's something in the Jaguar range!).
However, there are many cars out there that can get the job done of getting you to work for much cheaper. It all just depends on what you want and what you can afford.
When was the last time that you went car shopping?
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