Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tips on Buying Your First Car Ever

Car Showroom

There are few things more liberating than the feeling of being a first time car owner. While you may have enjoyed a few nights out with mom and dad's car over the years, the fact of the matter is there's nothing quite like the freedom you feel being behind the wheel of your very own car. You don't have to worry about getting permission to use it, having it back at a certain time, or keeping it clean (although you probably should keep it clean!). However, there are a few things you should do before diving into the realm of car ownership. Making a rash and emotionally charged decision will be much more likely to lead you to make a decision you'll end up regretting. Let's look at some things you'll want to consider before you sign the papers.

The first things you'll want to look at are some of the basics of car ownership, such as car insurance, which mechanic you'll use should you have any issues, and what your budget is. The best advice that could be given for each of these things is to shop around for the best deal. Obviously you won't be able to get insurance or mechanical repair quotes without having a specific make, model, and year of car, but you can at least gain insight into what companies might be reliable by asking around to friends and family, and doing online research. Setting your budget (and sticking to it) is very important. Sales people are trained to make you think emotionally, not logically, so you need to keep this in mind when confronted with a decision. In their mind, they'll ideally talk you into going over your budget in order to get you into a car that speaks more to your emotions than anything else. You'll need to be sure to stick at least close to your budget, and not get into a situation where you overextend yourself.

Figure out what it is that you need in your car. After you establish what your requirements are, you can get into what you want. Luxury items are certainly nice, but there have been many first time car buyers who have been induced to buying cars that are out of their price range because they fell in love with the extra features of a certain car. If you look at your car buying experience logically, rather than emotionally, you'll ensure yourself a reasonable deal. You need to find the balance between finding a car that's serviceable and a car that costs much more than you'd ideally be spending.

You'll also want to consider after purchase costs, like gasoline and maintenance. If you buy an expensive car that's also a "gas guzzler", you'll end up spending a lot of money on your car payment every month, as well as on your gas once every one or two weeks. You'll want to include research into these types of things when searching for your ideal car.

The decisions you make when searching for your first car will likely have long term ramifications on your life. When it comes down to it, if you're smart about your first car purchase, it's an investment that will pay dividends for you for years to come.