Purchasing a car, whether new or used, is a big decision for most people. You will likely live with (and pay for) the choice you make for at least the next few years, so do not make snap decisions.
Start by following the 3 Steps listed below. They will help you sort through the sometimes overwhelming array of choices you must deal with just to select the right vehicle for you.
Follow these 3 steps to find the perfect car for you
Step 1: Thinking about buying a car? Ask yourself these questions. (Click on each answer for hints).
- Should I keep my old car or buy a new one?
- Should I buy a USED or NEW car?
- What about a high mileage car?
- Should I buy from a private party or a dealer?
- Should I buy from used car auctions that are open to the public?
- How can I verify that I am getting the right deal?
- How can I protect myself from buying a lemon?
Step 2: Next, decide in advance which qualities are most important to you.
Examine your priorities before you go car shopping. By being methodical, you can avoid impulse buying, which salespeople love, but which you may later regret.
Click on each quality below to learn more about what to look for
Step 3: Now, let’s see what types of vehicle will suit you best.
- Front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or all wheel drive?
- Stick shift or automatic?
- Large car or small car?
- Minivan, full size van, sport utility, station wagon, or pickup truck?
- What is the difference between a car costing $12,000 and one for $35,000 (or one for $80,000 for that matter). What am I paying for?
- What options should I look for?
Now, Let’s Narrow the Search
Here are some tips to help you sell your old car and find that perfect new or used car:
Thinking about buying a Used Hybrid?
How to Get Comfortable When Buying a Second Hand Hybrid. A new article by Lauren Fix, the Car Coach
Beware of Flood Damaged Cars:
How to avoid buying a flood damaged car. What to do if your car was caught in a flood. A new article by Lauren Fix, the Car Coach
- Read our Road Tests – We test cars and trucks in ways you never could in a 5 minute road test. These road tests shake out how a car rides, feels and performs. We tell you what special features set a vehicle apart from the crowd and we try to flush out features that you may grow to hate.
The Backseat Drive:
An article that reviews the kid friendliness of cars
Cars of the (near) Future:
See what auto manufacturers have in store for you in the near future
- Check the Manufacturer’s Web Site – Here is a list of all the auto manufacturer web sites. Most will let you build and price a car and see what it will look like in the color of your choice.
Looking for that special used car?
Click Here to locate that car in your area.
Want a place to list your car for sale?
for a FREE listing, go to carlist.com/usedcars
Try before you Buy. Check out what GM is doing to help you decide
The GM Auto Show in Motion is touring the country to give everyone a chance to actually drive their vehicles along with vehicles from other manufacturers. Other manufactures are also getting in on the act.
Any information provided on this Website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace consultation with a professional mechanic.