Purchasing Your Dream Car

By: Reggie Andersen

The necessary features, function, and price of purchasing a new car is often overshadowed with the excitement of locating the vehicle of your dreams. In order to make sure that the new or used car you bring home will suit your preferences and needs, it is important to create and follow a list of pitfalls to avoid and factors to consider. Purchasing a car is an investment that takes a little more than noticing the paint color, make, and model. It involves a combination of test driving and ensuring that the vehicle is equipped with reliability and safety.

Preparing a Car Purchasing Checklist

Looking for a new car is not as easy as it sounds, as any potential car buyer is faced with a variety of factors to consider and plenty of options that line today's market. It is rather easy to locate several different selections that meet budget expectations, yet a large number of people will still purchase vehicles solely based upon their appearance. However, numerous factors will affect your overall buy. For instance, the look of a car is important, but should not exceed financial limitations. It is also significant to choose a vehicle that appeals to the senses and budget, but will also continue to function properly in the future.

A valid checklist for purchasing a car should include information on the ideal price range, size, style, safety record, performance, mileage, and extra features. Before setting off on a trip to the car dealership, a buyer needs to know the kind of vehicles that will meet their personal needs as a driver. While one buyer may look for a family vehicle to accommodate four children, the next buyer may simply desire a flashy item with an impressive reputation. Additional factors include economic worth, resale value, dependability, and power.

In order to truly assess a car, it is important to test-drive a vehicle on both city streets and highway roads. When possible, testing under various weather conditions also helps, especially when harsh winters are a factor. A simple ride around the block will not do. Taking the car for more than 10 miles of driving helps with accurate conclusions. Another important factor when purchasing a car are the costs associated with maintenance. How much does it cost to fill the gas tank? What is the cost of commonly replaced car parts? What are the estimated costs for minor repairs and routine tune-ups?

As a first-time buyer, it is also quite easy to get caught in the allure of car salespeople, who endorse extra features on a vehicle, such as high-performance tires, factory alarm systems, sound system upgrades, trendy wheel covers, and rust proofing – all of which are not necessary. It is suggested to come prepared with questions for dealers that inquire about rebates, putting money down, delivery costs, available colors, warranties, and competing models.

When looking at a used car, an assorted host of concerns emerge. Some of the main issues involve legal ownership, the correct mileage, mechanical condition of a vehicle, and safety. Keep in mind that some used car lots will illegally wind back the odometer to hide the actual mileage or sell vehicles that have been pieced together using junk cars. The process of selecting a used car may take longer than choosing a new vehicle. It is suggested to bring along a mechanic you trust to inspect your final choices.

Lastly, the issues of paying for the car is quite significant, as some buyers pay weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Sometimes, leasing a vehicle is a better choice for some.

What Are "Lemon Laws?"

In the United States, lemon laws have been established to protect the interest of car buyers who have fallen prey to car dealerships that sell vehicles that do not meet the standards of quality and performance. Laws vary from state to state, but typically cover mechanical issues and makes sellers pay attorney fees when judicial intervention is required.

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