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Buying a new or used car is always a big decision. There are so many choices so here is a quick checklist to make sure you get exactly what you want at a price you can afford!
What is the purpose of the vehicle? Will you be using it to get to and from work? Will it be a family car? Once you have this questioned answered, it will help you really narrow down your search.
If it’s a work only car look for something that will get you many miles per gallons of gas. You may even want to look into an electric car to help save you money in the long run.
Do you have a small family or a large family? This will help you decide if you need something large like a 2018 Ford Expedition or minivan. Or a smaller crossover vehicle could be just what your family needs. You may even be able to stick with a sedan if your kids are older and don’t travel with you as often.
What kinds of features do you need? Since our kids are younger and we drop them off at school I really wanted a minivan with remote sliding doors. It comes in handy when you just need to pick up or drop off your kids. If you travel a lot you may also add a DVD system to your vehicle.
Finally – what can you afford? You don’t want your car payment to max out your budget. Re-evaluate your expenses and see what you can afford without too much strain on your budget. This auto loan calculator is a great resource to see what you can afford.
When we bought my husband a car, it was mostly to get him to and from work. So when we went to the dealer we said we wanted a car that was good on gas and had keyless entry and we had a number pick out that was the max we wanted to pay for our car payment. It was the fasted car buying trip we have ever had. They found us what we wanted and it was in our budget. So it’s important to know what you want and know your budget – it’s ok to walk away.
In the end – make sure you get something that fits your lifestyle and your budget.