6 Tips for Making a Car Purchase

By Shannon Gurnee
In Car Review
July 31, 2017
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In life, there are a few rather exciting (and expensive) purchases we make. One is a house and another is a car. While there are other large purchases we may make in our life, these two are big ones that definitely require some planning. Buying a car is fun and exciting, but is also something that takes planning and research to find the car that’s best for you. Here are 6 Tips for Making a Car Purchase.

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1 – Research. One of the first things you’ll want to do once you know it’s time to purchase a car is to research, research, research. For our family of 8, when it came time to purchase our Toyota Sienna, we considered a few important things. First, we knew it needed to fit 8 people. Second, it was important to have a trunk that had plenty of space while holding 8 people. Third, it needed to be comfortable for our family. Fourth, it had to be affordable. We did a lot of researching online, as well as asking friends and family. Cars.com is a great site to check out when it comes to researching and finding the car that’s right for you.

2 – Budget. Before committing to a car purchase, be sure you can afford the purchase. Remember, buying a car does not only include the car loan, but it also includes auto insurance, gas and more. 

3 – Pre-approval. When we bought our Toyota Sienna, we called around to get the best rates. The loan we found through a credit union was way lower than the ones we were presented by the dealership. When you go to apply for the loan, you’ll also need to know the value of a trade-in, if that’s something you’ll be doing.

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4 – Test drive. Before purchasing a car, always be sure to test-drive a car. I like to think of it kind of like clothes shopping. Something may look really cute on the rack, but once you try it on, it doesn’t look good at all or feel comfortable. You want to make sure the car you’re looking at purchasing is comfortable and easy to operate. 

5 – Don’t settle. I know that sometimes people may get into binds and need a car now, but do all you can to not settle. Get the best price you can and make sure it’s realistic for your life. 

6 – New and Used Cars. When making a car purchase, although your heart may be set on a brand new one, you may find a better deal on a used one…so don’t rule anything out.

What is your tip when it comes to making a car purchase?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

51 Responses to “6 Tips for Making a Car Purchase”

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  2. Catherine says:

    Great basic outline of how to pick out the car that’s right for you – awesome post!

  3. We just went through this process last year. I think getting a pre-approval helps so much.

  4. Buying a car is a big commitment, so it’s is definitely wise to take your time and do your research. Great tips!

  5. Doria says:

    We’ve purchased new for a long time now and we always do a lot of research and test drive beforehand to make sure we love what we end up purchasing! Good tips 😉

  6. These are excellent tips. You have to have a plan in place when you’re shopping for a car. It’s a BIG purchase.

  7. We just bough a car and broke most of those rules but we are still happy with the way it went. I am too impulsive sometimes but i know research is the most important tip when buying anything.

  8. Pam says:

    Don’t settle is such a good tip. You don’t want to get stuck with a car you don’t like just because you got a good deal.

  9. We will be purchasing a new car soon and these are great tips. I always dread the process but these tips make it easier!

  10. Cassie says:

    I just recently bought a new car and can definitely say I used a few of these tips! I’ve never been on cars.com though so will have to give that a go next time!

  11. robin rue says:

    I am the car buyer in the house. I definitely don’t settle and I am really good at negotiating.

  12. Liz Mays says:

    This is good advice. I really don’t want to be hasty when picking out my next car. I’ll have to do plenty of research.

  13. Amber Myers says:

    These are great tips. I always research before I buy a car! I also make sure to budget so we can afford the payments.

  14. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    Luckily, I have NEVER had to buy a car as my husband works at a car dealership. I think the best thing to do is make a list of the things you want and do your research!

  15. We are trying to find a used car now so this is very helpful. I want to make sure I don’t buy a car that will break down right away. A test drive definitely is in order.

  16. Jeanine says:

    Research and loan pre approval are definitely key elements when buying a car or any large purchase. That way you won’t regret your decision.

  17. Karen Morse says:

    I’ve been hearing so much about cars.com. We’re not going to buy a car any time soon but it’s always nice to now where to go if we’re ever going to. These are great tips for buying a car, research is definitely key!

  18. Rachel says:

    I feel like every time we buy a used car my husband wants to settle because he hates the process of buying a car so much.

  19. My tip is to check EVERYWHERE! I ended up buying my car at a dealership at little farther from me because they made me an excellent deal on it.

  20. We purchased a car in the spring and we would agree with all the tips. Research is so important so that you know if you are getting the best deal available and test driving… if anything feels off, walk away.

  21. Theresa says:

    Test drive, for sure! My husband was set on buying me a certain car a few years ago because he drove it and liked it. I insisted on driving it myself before making the leap and found that I hated it. Since I was going to be the primary driver, it was best to get a feel for it myself instead of letting someone else make the decision for me.

  22. Solid tips. Research and knowing what you can afford or want to spend is important. Even though it is 2017, car salesman still try to take advantage of women so you have to be prepared to walk away.

  23. We aren’t getting a car anytime soon. 5 years away actually, when my daughter turns 16 and gets my car, then I’ll get a new one. Until then, I’ll keep these tips in mind.

  24. That’s a lot of people to be driving around! We upsized our vehicle twice after having kids. It was important to get as much research done as possible before leaving the house, especially when you are shopping with young kids.

  25. Karlyn Cruz says:

    These are helpful tips for those who need a new car! I bought my car last year and I really love it!

  26. These are great tips. It’s so important to research and shop so you’re educated. This purchase you’ll be paying for a long time

  27. Your tips are great. My husband and I look at reviews online and talk to people who have the vehicles we are interested in to see what they think of it.

  28. Dogvills says:

    Research is very important when buying a car. It’s a big investment, so you really have to be very careful.

  29. Ruth I. says:

    Your tips are really helpful. There are many options out there and a research is necessary.

  30. I feel like you should for sure shop around as well. I purchased my Jeep on an impulse buy, and I do love it, but I should have shopped around before jumping in on it.

  31. Brianne says:

    We are in the market for a new car! I’m loving these tips!

  32. Victoria Heckstall says:

    One of my friend need a new car but she had no idea what to do first! These amazing list could help.

  33. Car buying is right up there with house buying for me — would rather avoid at all costs, but you have to do it every now and then. I would say the research is KEY!

  34. Before we go anywhere to start car shopping, I call our credit union and get preapproved for a loan. That way if I find something I want, we can take it home the same day.

  35. These are very good things to remember when buying a car. I’m considering buying a newer car next year, and I need to start on number 1 soon!

  36. It’s good to have a reliable resource when it comes to buying a car. It’s an investment and making wise decisions is a requirement. It’s awesome to know that we have cars.com to rely on! Great tips too!

  37. uprunforlife says:

    Cars seem to be getting more and more expensive. However, most of them seem to last longer than two decades ago. We will probably have to replace our suv sooner than later. It is older and I have been trying to make it last as long as possible since it is paid off.

  38. We ‘settled’ a few years ago. We were on vacation and had to have a new car before we continued. It was one of the worst purchasing decisions we’ve ever made.

  39. Amber Nelson says:

    I drive the kids around so therefore, I am the one who makes the decision on what car we get!

  40. Yes I am loving these. Car buying is so expensive so all tips are great

  41. ricci says:

    These are all things I do before purchasing a car!! I love to research things and car shopping is fun to research!!

  42. Yes I totally agree with these awesome tips before buying a car. It really helps to research first before going for it. Better be sure than sorry.

  43. Awesome tips! I am sure people will find this very helpful when making their purchase — especially for first time buyers!!!

  44. Katherine says:

    Excellent tips. We’re in the market now, so I’ll keep this list handy.

  45. Lynndee says:

    Great tips! Definitely do your research. That was what I did when I bought my first car as well as my second car. And of course, don’t settle.

  46. Buying a car is such a HUGE decision. We’re in the market for one, but there are a lot of factors such as price and size (we’re a family of 4). Talking to friends and family that have already gone through the process can be useful.

  47. My Teen Guide says:

    I have been reading a lot about cars.com. It must really be a good app to work with when in the market for a new vehicle. I need to check this out too because we are currently looking for a nice affordable car for our son.

  48. Rebecca says:

    Such great tips to keep in mind for the future! Living in cities, I have never needed a car but the more my boyfriend and I discuss where we want to settle we’ll definitely want to add some soon.

  49. Latasha says:

    My husband and I will be on the lookout for a new car really soon! I will definitely share the tips in this post with him, thanks !:)

  50. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Thanks for these tips. I will share this information with my daughter. They are looking towards getting a family car. I think cars.com will be a great resource to help them make a better choice.

  51. Krystle Cook says:

    Not settling is definitely the best advice. I know so many that have purchased too quickly.

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