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Buying a car is never an easy process, especially when you need to find one that fits into your budget.
However, buying a car at the right price doesn’t have to be the biggest headache of your life. We’ve got you covered!
Here are 5 tips for finding a family car that fits in your budget.
Do Your Homework
Look up cars online to find the make and model you prefer, or narrow it down to a couple.
Research local prices and find out how much people are paying for that particular model. It’s also a good idea to look up reviews and find out what other consumers think about that particular vehicle, as it may give insight into which features are superfluous and not worth the upgrade.
Once you have an idea of average price, head to the dealer. Knowing your numbers ahead of time helps you spot a good deal when you see it, and also helps you know a bad deal when it’s offered to you.
Putting in the work ahead of time can really make a difference in the final price you end up paying.
Don’t think the dealer is your only option for getting a reliable vehicle. Look in local ads, websites, even talk to car repair professionals who may know great places to look for low-cost vehicles.
Sometimes the best deals might be the ones parked on the side of a busy road.
Be Willing to Walk Away
When you’ve found the perfect car, it’s easy to just give in to the seller’s pressure because you want to be done car hunting. But this is the time when you have to be willing to walk away.
Nine times out of ten, the dealer will give in to you, because they don’t want to lose the possible sale. Always be willing to walk away if you don’t get the price you need.
Get an Older Model
If you can’t afford the latest model of your vehicle of choice, or even the model before that, consider getting an older model that still has great consumer reviews.
Consider getting a used car from a local seller, and don’t be afraid of a fixer-upper. It’s easy to get older car parts from somewhere like U Pull & Pay to help transform your fixer-upper into a reliable family car.
Purchasing is not always best for everyone. Talk to a professional and find out if you have more to gain by leasing instead of purchasing. It might have a cheaper effect on your monthly bottom line.
Getting your family into a new car doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Always be sure to look at all your options, and stick to the budget you create. Follow these tips to score the best deal on a new car for you and your family.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.