Buying a car for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you’re navigating the process on your own. But, if you follow these simple tips, buying your first car can be an easy, low-stress experience that gets you what you need without emptying your wallet.
The most important part of buying a car is figuring out your budget. What can you afford to pay as a down payment, and how much can you pay each month for the payment? How much extra will you be spending on car insurance, and do you have room in your budget for maintenance and repairs? Once you figure out how much money you can spare for a car and its related expenses, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of car to get.
It’s also important to consider what kind of car you need. You might want something flashy and fast, but if you’re going to sit in traffic for an hour every morning, you won’t get to use that engine much—and you’ll waste a lot of money on gas. Consider where you need to park, how much space you need every day, and what your commute is like before picking a model.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get anything you want, though. Pick some must-haves, like favorite features you can’t live without, and balance them with your budget. You don’t want to regret buying it after you drive it for a week, even though this probably isn’t the car you’ll keep forever.
Once you’ve decided on a couple model options, head to the dealer and take it for a test drive. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure the car works for you. Don’t just pay attention to how it drives—check out the features, look at the trunk and backseat, and make sure it fits your needs.
At JAB Automotive LLC, we’ll do what it takes to help you find your perfect starter car. Contact us if you’re ready to start the process.