Which New Car Features Do You Need?

Buying a new car can cause a great deal of stress. No one wants to get stuck with a lemon. Besides buying a home, this is usually the second biggest investment a person can make. It is worth the time to visit several dealerships and get an idea of what's...

Buying a new car can cause a great deal of stress. No one wants to get stuck with a lemon. Besides buying a home, this is usually the second biggest investment a person can make. It is worth the time to visit several dealerships and get an idea of what's available before making a purchase commitment. Decide which features you can't live without before settling for whatever the dealer offers.

When you see a car that catches your eye, find out everything you can about it, such as safety features, mileage and maintenance, and the type of warranty it comes with. Also consider the cost of extra options, like front wheel drive, sunroof, sports mirrors, CD player, and others. Besides perhaps automatic drive and air conditioning, what extras do you want to buy?

Where can you go to find information? Most of it is available on the Internet. A used car price guide will tell you the blue book value on your current vehicle what you will get from a dealer if you are trading it in. Make sure you take into consideration what kind of gas mileage you will be getting. At the price of gas today, a car that doesn't offer a good mile-per-gallon ratio might end up costing you more than you can afford.



Then you must think about insurance. Remember, the nicer the car, the more it will cost in auto insurance premiums. And if you want a sport car or a vehicle that has several deluxe options, like heated seats, power windows and doors, and remote ignition, your insurance rate may go higher. Figure your monthly premium into the budget along with the car payment if you plan to finance the purchase.

When you find a car that you like, the first thing to do is ask for a print-out. The dealership has to give you one, and this will tell you the something about the car beyond the sticker data. For peace of mind you can see about getting an extended warranty.

Never buy the first car you see. Go and look at cars for at least a couple of weeks. Not all dealers are honest; they may try to get you to buy a car or sign a contract before you leave. And some newspaper ads attempt to draw the unwary customer to the lot for a quick sale. Remember that car dealers expect you to offer less than what the sales sticker asks. Use the Internet and the car price guide to find out what the car is worth before making an offer.

Shopping for a new car and considering a range of options can be fun, but prepare in advance by following steps like the ones outlined above so you can avoid taking home a disappointment.

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