Dos in Finding the Right Car for you

by : Gertrude

Finding the right car is to some because of several factors that spontaneously enters in the mind. To organize your thoughts in deciding what car to buy, do the following:

Know the type of car you need.
A "need" is different from a "want". A need speaks of a necessity; the basic that you can't live without. A want, on the other hand, is that which makes your senses full, but it is not necessarily what you need.

If you examine your needs rather than wants, you will quickly discover what the right car is for you. Take time to think what car is really best for you; that which can accommodate the entire family perhaps or that which will complement the nature of your job.

People usually buy cars which are eye-catching, say in color or brand. But what most does not immediately realize is the long term effect the car can bring about. Suddenly, you just caught yourself regretting for buying such car and realizing you do not need the car, you just wanted it.

Before buying, you can probably ask yourself: "What safety features do you want? Do you require a lot of cargo-carrying capacity? Is the enough to accommodate everything that will enter the car?

Do budgeting.
Money is, no doubt, what you need to materialize your plan of getting a car. Analyze carefully if you can really afford to buy the vehicle. Planning will be useless if your money is insufficient.

Consider all the vehicles in that class.
Today's new car (and truck) market is filled with great products. Most shoppers have difficulty keeping up with all of the vehicles manufacturers introduce and the changes they are making to their older vehicles, so it's important to do your research. The internet is a very good avenue in doing such research. There are several websites that market automobile parts and concerns.

Consider all the costs of ownership
"Great power comes with great responsibility" - This was the famous line of superhero Spiderman. Owning a car means having power over it. Yes, upon transfer of ownership from the seller to you, you will be granted with all the privileges an owner has. But, like the famous line suggests, you already have the responsibility on your car.

The more luxury the car has, the harder for you to store and maintain it. Be sure you can maintain it from the engines, , lights, roofs, tires, brakes, seats, doors, windows, and all the other parts.

Schedule an appointment for a test drive.
It's a good idea to make your initial contact with a dealership by phone before going there in person. This can give you some sense of the business atmosphere you will be dealing with throughout the buying or leasing process. Additionally, this can give you an idea if the dealer is worth dealing with.

You make your initial contact with the Internet manager either with an e-mail message or over the telephone. If you called the Internet department, tell the salesperson that you want to set up a test drive - but that you won't be buying right away. However, assure them that you will buy there if you decide to purchase this particular model, and if they can offer the vehicle at a fair price.

Be reminded that if you deal with the standard salesperson, he or she will try to start the negotiations at a high price with the expectation of being negotiated down. However, the Internet manager will often quote you a "rock-bottom" price as soon as negotiations begin. A few minutes taken to set up an appointment with the Internet manager can save you both time and money.

Know how to test drive a car.
The goal of a test drive is to experience the same type of driving conditions the car will be used for after purchase. If you commute, drive the car in both stop-and-go traffic and at freeway speeds. If you frequently drive into the mountains, try to find some steep grades to climb. Drive over bumps, take tight corners at aggressive, but as much as possible not at dangerous speeds, and test the brakes in a safe location, such as a deserted parking lot. Get in and out of the car several times and be sure to sit in the backseat, especially if you plan on carrying passengers. In short, ask yourself what it will be like to live with this car for a number of years.

Consider one last thing: your intuition. If you are uneasy about the car, follow your instincts. A vehicle purchase decision is too important and expensive to undertake without total confidence.

Do the buying cycle
After considering the six listed tips, narrow down your choices. Decide rationally what to buy. You are finally ready to visit your car dealer and purchase an investment.