My Tips for buying Car
Determine your budget
Ask yourself — How much do you want to spent after taxes and registration? How much do you have for a down payment? How much are you willing to pay a month? Are you trading in your car? How much is it worth?
Narrow down the style
Now that you know how much you’re willing/can spend. Hit the web and start researching. Are you in the market for a SUV, maybe a Sedan? Can you realistically buy a brand new car? What about a used car instead? I knew I wanted another SUV and narrowed it down to either a used Nissan or Toyota.
Once you’ve narrowed down what type of car/brand you are looking for, head to your local dealer and test drive them. It costs nothing. We made it very clear that we weren’t “buying a car today” when we test drove cars.
Now that you’ve driven a few cars you probably know what you want — it’s time to start looking. We used Autotrader.com to find my used car. It’s great because you can really narrow down the search by color, miles, price etc. Once you find “the” car compare the listed price to Kelly Blue Book. You don’t want to pay more than the car is worth. Also think about resale value. I also have an awesome dad who helped.
After all your research you are ready to head to the dealer. If you are buying out right awesome, but if you plan to fiance become knowledgeable on loan rates before going to the dealer. I never thought I would get such a low rate on a used car, but RoadLoans.com approved us for 1.71% ! I’m not kidding. No bank fees, etc. It’s usually for folks with bad credit, but when we saw the rate we went for it. Just apply from the comfort of your own home, print out the packet, take it to the dealer, and they’ll handle the rest. Don’t be afraid to negotiate and if that’s not your style try CarMax.