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Buying your first car can be an exciting experience. Having a car means more independence, especially when that car belongs to you, and you alone. However, there are many things to consider when looking for the right car, and many things you need to decide before you buy.
Decide on New or Used
One of the more important factors to consider is if you’re going to buy a new or a used car, as there are pros and cons to either. New cars have never been used by anyone else, meaning there is no wear and tear to worry about. You should expect no problems with a new car. On the other hand, a new car is infinitely more expensive than a used car, so expensive there’s no simply paying with cash and walking away. You’re most likely committing to years of car payments.
Used vehicles will cost less, but you have to balance the price versus just how much maintenance the car will need. The older the car, the more work might be required to keep it up and running, which could turn out to be more expensive than it’s worth.
Set a Budget
Before you go car shopping, you should set a budget. Determine the maximum amount that you are willing to pay before you go car shopping can help you limit both your expectations and desires. You’ll be less tempted to look at cars you know you can’t afford and focus on the ones you can. You should also consider the cost of insurance, maintenance, warranty, and registration when planning your budget.
Know Your Credit Score
If you don’t pay for your vehicle with cash, then you will probably have to take out a loan. To get the loan, your credit score is going to be reviewed, and the score will determine whether or not you get approved. That is why you should review your credit score before you apply for a loan. If you do not need a car right away, then you should work on your credit first. A good credit score will allow you to get a better rate on your loan.
Test Drive the Vehicle
You can look online for cars that fit your needs. However, the only way that you can find out whether a car is right for you is to test drive it. This will allow you to get the feel of the car. You will also be able to see the layout of the vehicle.
You should spend about 30 minutes to an hour test-driving the vehicle. Pay attention to how you feel while you are driving around. You should even drive it on the freeway if possible.
The road to being a car owner can be an exciting one. However, you will have to think about whether you want a new car or a used one. You should also set a budget before you go car shopping. Additionally, it is a good idea for you to review your credit score and test drive the vehicle before you buy it.
By Kara Masterson
who is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.