Sometimes buying a car is a really exciting thing. If it’s your first car, or if you’re finally at a point in life where you get to splurge and buy the vehicle with all the nifty upgrades, it can be the best thing ever. Buying a car can also be a drag. There are so many service issues you have to keep in mind.
Cars are so often a necessity, but they’re also a luxury. They made your life easier, they also make your life harder. If you live in a city that has great public transit, your life will probably be better without a vehicle, but if you physically need one to get around and to be able to operate in day to day life, here are important things to keep in mind when buying a car:
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Newer is Not Always Better
When selecting a car, it’s tempting for you to want to get the one that gives you every upgrade you’ve ever dreamed about. Leather seats, a bumping stereo, power windows, locks, and seat adjusters, butt warmers, bluetooth technology that automatically connects to your phone…the whole nine yards. However, keep in mind that newer is not always better for you. For one, those upgrades come at a serious cost.
A car will deteriorate in value up to 11 percent the moment you drive it off the lot. Do not buy new. Repeat. Do not buy new. Unless you have the money to throw away, buy used, gently used, or from a second hand dealer, because new cars are a literal waste of money. Want to know how much money you’re actually wasting on a new car, check this out.
Is Mileage Your Goal?
Modern car buyers, especially the millennials, are all about gas mileage and the effect their vehicle (if they have one) has on the environment. When you’re buying a car, this is something you have to take into consideration, but it isn’t the end all, say all.
Great milage is good, but consider the other factor involved before you buy a vehicle based solely on gas milage. Is gas cheap or crazy expensive right now? How much do you realistically drive? Is the amount you save on gas worth the price you’ll pay for a more efficient car? Think about it. Ponder. Evaluate your life and your budget. Is mileage your goal, or no?
How Much Space Do You Need?
You have a list of things desire in a car, this much has been established. When selecting a new car, you’ll probably have to make sacrifices. How much space do you actually need? Are you a single person who won’t become attached or have kids for a while? Are you a musician who needs to cargo space to haul gear? What is the purpose of your vehicle and how big is excessive? Think about all these things before buying.