Firstly you need to have some idea of the kind of car you want to buy.
For example, if you wanted the Toyota Alphard for its great safety features and ample storage space, don’t be fooled into an impulse buy of something else just because the salesperson says you look “so cool” in a red convertible mini cooper.
You got to think seriously what you need the car for and how many people do you need to transport?
It also depends on what kind of driving do you most often do? Are you always traveling long distance and drive along highways?
It is also important to check if your vehicle gets good mileage.
Always stick to your guns and don’t be swayed by incredible shiny thing which is not worth buying.
You should also stick to your budget. Next you have to access the affordability factor and decide on a realistic monthly payment that will fit into your budget. Find out the trade-in value of your old car to make sure that you get the best deal.
You can check these with various second hand car dealers of log into your local automotive website to find what the trade-in value is and additionally see if you would be worth off selling it by yourself.
Another alternative is to call your insurance agent and find out the value of the car, that way it helps you to gauge how much the salesperson has top up the market rates and you can negotiate accordingly.
You will be surprised that most used car dealership mark up the vehicles by thousands of dollars.
The internet is the place where you can find a lot of information and to research vehicle types, makes, models, options, features and prices. Visit and view the websites of the car brand that you are interested to see actual prices and pictures of vehicle makes and models as well as other users’ reviews.
Print out factsheets about the vehicles you are interested in so that you can remind yourself about what you want when you step into the dealership premise.
Always aim to get a fair offer on your trade-in separately from your car purchase.
You can bring your car to a respectable dealership for an appraisal. Having the appraisal offer will help you to understand the fair value of your trade-in before you start to shop around.
Remember that it’s wise to walk away if you are unhappy with the deal.
You must not feel guilty for having taken up the salesperson’s time.
It is their job to convince you to buy the car and it is also your choice and your money.
Once you have finalized and get your affordable dream car your next headache will be about maintenance of the vehicle. Periodical service is very important as well as the exterior appearance.
It can be tedious to keep the car in tip top condition especially after working long hours in the office and most people will only have time to wash their car during the weekend.
Thus it will be more convenient to go to car wash centre that uses automated hand car wash equipment.
If your house has few vehicles you might want to consider and invest into mobile car wash equipment to clean all your cars.
In that way you will be able to spend quality time with your family.