Finding the Right Car: You Have to Spend the Time

Finding the Right Car: You Have to Spend the Time

Purchasing a car is a fun experience but it can also quickly turn into a frustrating experience if you expect to find the perfect car in little time. Before you begin your search, you should understand that finding the right car will take some time. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your car search.


Before you show up at a lot or start perusing the offers being sold by owner, you should define what your needs and wants are. Are you looking for a car with more cargo space and a nice stereo system would be nice? Or are you downsizing and hoping to also find something with better gas mileage? Make a list of your needs and then a list titled, ‘would be nice.’ You could even take it a step further and make another list of ‘bonus features.’ Having this list will help you quickly narrow down what is at the lot. You should also determine how much you plan to spend. If you will be financing the purchase, decide how much of a monthly payment you can accommodate.

Purchasing a car
purchasing a car

Do your Research

After looking at several options in your area, start a little research on your own. What kind of reviews does this make and model generate? What kind of re-sell value can you expect? How many miles has this make traditionally seen? Most of these questions can be answered by looking at the makes and models that others are trying to sell in your local classifieds. There are also many online forums where you can seek advice from others and read reviews. Another idea is to ask your mechanic what types of problems he has seen with the particular make and model you are considering.

Shop Around

Do not be satisfied by the first deal that is offered to you. Unless of course, it is your dream car, has all your specifications and is within your budget. Otherwise, check with other car lots in the area, from a north aurora auto mall to a local family run business, there are always many options. In a slow economy, many car lots are eager to make a sale and will come down in price when you mention that you have already seen their competition. While shopping around you will also want to get a feel for how the car drives and how you fit in it. Drive through the local neighborhood and see how you like it.

Good luck with your search and don’t worry, with the right methods and right amount of patience, you will find the perfect car.

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