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Handy Tips for the First Time Car Buyer

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It’s one of those things that you’ve only heard about, and you thought it would never happen to you.  You thought you’d always be able to get by on your own, but the day has come and you are willing to make the leap into a relationship.  You are ready to make a commitment, but being that it’s your first time, you might need some help in getting your situation to happy and healthy.  Fortunately, there are a number of easy tips to abide by when you finally decide to be a first time car buyer.

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Tips for first time car buyer Photo by Hugo90

First, don’t believe in the concept of love at first sight.  There are plenty of fish in the sea, and you are a perfectly capable go-getter.  So rather than just jump right into the first vehicle that you happen to think looks nice, do your research: find the vehicle segment that best fits your needs and is most roundly in your price range.

Like dating, car ownership gets expensive, so be sure that you know just about how much you can spend on your true love every month.  Buying out of your price range is silly enough itself without factoring in the additional cost of fuel, general maintenance, insurance, and those little things that keep  your car happy (like Candle Factory air fresheners).

Know what you want and know what you need.  There is little more off-putting than seeing someone who can’t make up their mind or lacks the confidence necessary to make the occasional decision.  Apply this to your car buying experience: walking onto a dealer’s lot educated and without intimidation will bode well for your decision in the end.  And don’t be afraid to use the myriad number of resources at your disposal: sites like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds have a bevy of tools to help you make the right choice the first time out.

Unlike being unlucky in love, being unlucky in buying your first car doesn’t stand to teach you any long lasting life lesson apart from imparting in you the knowledge that one bad financial decision can set you back for years.  So rather than learn from failure, check these off your list and other available first time car buying tips to be the success story everyone to which everyone can aspire.

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