Helpful Hints for Buying an Automobile

Posted on March 13, 2012 by

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It’s that time again–time to choose wisely. Buying a new car, whether it’s a first time purchase or not, can be a daunting task. There are many contingencies one must evaluate when choosing an automobile.  Just remember-–chances are it’ll be around for some time.

Most of us only think about how much we can afford when shopping for a car, but if the car you purchase is a gas-guzzler, it will soon be costing a lot more each week. That’s something to keep in mind when buying a car. Nowadays, your gas needs can flush your wallet.

“I wish I didn’t have to fill it up as often,” senior Devin Wenzel said.

Filling up your tank every week can be stressful. So, if you’re buying a new or used car, think energy efficiency!

Tips About Buying a New Car:

  • Pick up a copy of Consumer Reports or an automobile magazine that compares models; most can be found at local gas stations. Try to determine which size is best for your needs: Do you need a subcompact, a compact, a sedan, a two-door?
  • The mileage ratings should be one of the most important factors when choosing a car. All new cars have window stickers listing the newest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mileage ratings. These ratings are determined using state-of-the-art testing facilities that run cars and trucks through simulated city street and freeway driving. The mileage you get on your vehicle may differ from this rating depending on your driving habits and the actual vehicle itself.
  • You may also want to consider a hybrid vehicle. While the initial cost may be higher, it will pay itself back in a few years by gasoline saved.
  • You usually will not have any maintenance problems with a brand new car. On the other hand, buying a used car is a lot harder. They tend to have something wrong with them. Whether it’s an engine problem, ventilation, or some dent/paint problem, you may have to throw down some extra cash to fine tune your vehicle.

“I have a ’92 Honda.   I call her Debbie. She doesn’t even start if I have less than a quarter tank. On top of that, my rear bumper is messed up,” Superfan senior Dan Milloy said.

All in all, there are many steps in buying a new or used car. Buying a brand new car is convenient; however, buying a used car is usually cheaper.

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