Whether you’re new to car buying or it’s been a while since your last purchase, it’s important to choose a car that works best for you. Knowing where to start looking can be difficult. There are often so many options from manufacturing brands to models and even different variations of the same model. The last thing you want to do is go into a car dealership without having done any research or planning. You’ll also have to choose between buying a new car, leasing a new car, or buying a used car. We have some tips and tricks to help you find the perfect car for you.
Assess Your Needs
The “right” car is different for everyone because everyone drives differently and has various needs. Some people like status, others like retro, and some love horsepower. It’s all about what you need. Maybe you’d like a more practical, environmentally friendly option, those are available too. Try to think of what kind of climate you live in. Does it snow? You may want an all-wheel or four-wheel drive. What kind of safety features do you want? Do you have children? Do you have a long commute? These are all questions to ask yourself so you can assess your needs.
Set Your Budget
Thinking about how you will be financing your purchase or lease is an important step in choosing your perfect car. How much will your car payment be a month and how much you can afford to spend go hand in hand? As a general tip, typically your monthly car payment should stay under 15% of your monthly income. If you are purchasing a used car, it is usually less expensive. Used cars are under 10% of monthly income. Knowing your budget will help narrow down your options at the dealership.
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Set Up a Test Drive
Once you’ve found a car you like. Find a local dealership and take the car for a test drive. This is the best way to solidify whether this car will be a good fit.
Ready to find the right ride for you? Contact us at Red McCombs Hyundai Northwest!