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July 7, 2022

The Basic Guide to Buying a Car

No matter how many times I buy a car, the process never ceases to excite me. Although things have changed extensively from when I bought a car for the first time, I continue to learn more about buying a car every time I undergo the purchase process.
You likely feel the same way whether you are a first-time buyer or have purchased cars before. Therefore, I have compiled everything I have learned over the years and included it in this blog to help you find the perfect car.

Buying a car is like investing, so it requires the same level of care and preparation. Following are the steps you must take to ensure you make the right choice:

Know Your Priorities and Budget

Most guides start at researching car options, which is what throws people off. You need to sit down first and think about your core needs and requirements. Following are examples of questions you should have concrete answers for:

– Why are you buying a car?
– Are you buying it for personal or family use?
– Which features are non-negotiable?
– Which other features you’d like to have but can cut for affordability?
– Do you want the car to be brand new, or are used cars okay?
– What is your budget?
– Are you willing to stretch your budget? By how much?

Knowing the answers to these questions will give you a basic idea of what you are looking to get out of your car.

Look up Available Options that Match your Needs

The next step is research, and answers to your first five questions will dictate it. This research will also give you an idea about the average pricing of the kind of cars you are looking for. This information will help you revise your budgeting if necessary and help you figure out if the new or used status matters to you.

Get Preapproval for Car Loan

Once you know which cars you want to consider, you must get preapproved for car loans. The preapproval certifies the amount of money you can spend on a car keeping your savings and earnings in mind.

It will be an important document that will help you apply for car financing later, so long as you have picked a car that falls within the preapproved budget.

Visit Dealerships/Showrooms to Review Options

Once you have preapproval, it is time to visit dealerships or showrooms to see what they offer. The benefit of visiting dealerships is that they have new and used cars from several brands to find your preferred choices more easily.

Take this opportunity to discuss your feature priorities and negotiate prices. You can also compare the offers from several dealerships while reviewing customer reviews and pick out a reliable and affordable option.

This step will take time, research, and effort, but you will have a short-listed set of cars by the time it concludes.

Test Drive Short-Listed Cars

All the work thus far has been discussion-based, but a car isn’t something you can buy based on words alone. Take the short-listed cars out for a test drive to get first-hand experience about their break control, steering alignment, overall responsiveness, and comfort.

No matter how fancy a car is, its performance for these factors should play a critical role in your final evaluation.

Lastly, pay attention to the car’s design. Some cars look amazing and feel amazing to drive, but they may not suit your height. The latest car models now have vertical adjustment features, but not all of them do, so ask the salesperson about it if you have similar struggles.

Review Prices, Warranties, and Financing Options

A test drive will narrow your list down further and may leave you with only 2-3 options. With all features and drive related matters sorted, it is time for you to enter final price negotiations. Don’t buy cars without warranties, and always review the warranty agreement before making the final decision.

The financing options will also be a key factor because the arrangement will need to match your car financing agreement.

Finalise Purchase

The final step is closing the deal. Once the purchase is finalised, you will be the proud owner of a car that best suits your preference, and you can finally take it home after insurance and registration are sorted.

Wrapping Up

Overall, buying a car requires thorough research, careful preparation, time, and detailed evaluation. I hope you found this guide informative and use my recommendations when starting the car purchase process.

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