Tired of Your Old Car? Take These Steps Before Getting a New One

buying a car

buying a carBuying a New Car

The vehicle you drive every day to work or to the store might not be a clunker just yet, but, it has certainly seen better days. If you’re taking it into the shop all the time, are tired of this style of vehicle, or simply feel like you want to change, it may be time to get a new car. You start thinking that you could trade your car in for another one, and may be wondering whether it’s better to spring for a new or used car. A lot of decision-making goes into replacing your old vehicle. There are a lot of important things to keep in mind when selecting a car. Think about the make of car you want, whether you want new or used, your budget and the look and feel of the car you want. Don’t  rush!  Take the time to find the car that is ideal for you, especially if you spend a lot of time commuting, taking long trips or just cruising down the avenue.

New or used

It may be tempting to buy a used car just because of the low price tag, but, a new car can be an investment and may have superior quality. If you avoid the stereotypical “hard sell” used-car salesman, it is possible to find a quality, used car from a reliable source. In order to tell whether the used car is truly in good condition, it is useful to have a working knowledge of automobiles and to do some significant test driving. Also, look at the warranties and other agreements being offered, and make sure that they are airtight. Cars, however, are vulnerable to wear and tear. Although the price tag on a used car may be cheaper and it may seem to be in reasonable condition, a new car can be a significant investment and will have a higher trade-in value. Plus, you get that “new car smell” that you just can’t replicate.

Best new cars for 2016

If you are looking for the coolest, highest quality cars for 2016, Consumer Reports weigh in on the issue. The Honda Fit is the best subcompact car and offers substantial value for an automobile under $20,000. It ranks very well in crash tests and is fuel-efficient. The Honda Fit also boasts superb handling and substantial interior space with comfortable second-row seats. The best compact car is the Subaru Impreza, with its cutting-edge technology and superior safety features. This compact car has a lot of interior space and offers all-wheel-drive. You can also find this car in a hatchback version. The top midsize car is a Toyota Camry, which is a bestseller for a good reason. The car has a roomy interior and quiet operation. The hybrid version offers fuel economy that is unsurpassed by any other vehicle in the industry.

What type of car do you need?

Before buying a car, think about what you need in an automobile. This means considering your lifestyle and how much you drive. Do you have long commutes and like to take your car out for a long weekend, or will your car spend a lot of time in the garage? What kinds of terrain are you driving through? Do you need a vehicle that can handle rough country roads or will you mainly be driving in the city? How important are state-of-the-art safety and technology features to you? Do you have to have Wi-Fi in your car or can you rough it and save money by having only the basic features? Aesthetics is tantamount when looking for a new car. There are many people who fall in love with an automobile based on looks alone. While you should have a deeper relationship with your car than just showing off its looks, style is still important to many consumers. Think about what kind of shape and body you want in a car. Do you want a sculpted appearance with curves or more linear design?

Making a deal

Whether you like wheeling and dealing with the car dealer, or you want a no nonsense transaction that doesn’t involve games, you have to make the kind of deal that is fair to you and will get you the right car. If you are knowledgeable about cars, you may be able to talk down a dealer from a regular price. Also, you should always be careful about financing. Dealers may offer to finance, but, make sure you read the fine print well as well as inspecting the warranties to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Many people prefer financing a car through a dealer rather than getting a bank loan, but, the type of financing offered is almost as important as the dealer selection. Never forget to shop around, and avoid settling for the first car dealer that looks attractive. You can always come back to the first option if it really was the best, and you are likely to find something you like just as much, for a lower price if you explore a few different dealers.

The test drive

The test drive is where many people make the decision about the car. Pay attention to every aspect of the test drive and don’t allow yourself to be dazzled or distracted by one fantastic ride. Be sure that you focus on your test drive whole-heartedly. This may even mean excluding others from riding with you while on the drive. Clear your mind before you put the key in the ignition. Be open and honest about the experience. If you have a significant other, take them along to the test drive. But, don’t let them make the final decision. That decision has to be yours. It does help to have input from others. Specifically, those who will be riding in the car, but, ultimately if you are paying for it, it is yours and you have to live with the decision.

Getting a new vehicle is a big step and involves many phases of decision-making. Never buy a new car in a hurry or on an impulse. If you need a new car immediately, it is a better idea to rent one rather than quickly buying a new one in a rush decision. In addition, there is rent to own options and you might end up buying your temporary car.