September 03, 2014


Buying a car is one of the most stressful consumer purchases. Being prepared reduces that stress. Your first task is to decide what you want. Make a list of features that are important to you and have a solid number in mind regarding price to ensure your new vehicle fits your budget. Next, realize that your choices affect the price you pay. Upgrades increase the price, but you can splurge on some upgrades if you're willing to go with a lower-priced vehicle to start. Ask yourself if you would be happy with a lower end vehicle with added luxuries. Finally, don't fall for dealers' tricks. The price you are offered today will still be valid tomorrow, and watch out for fees and extras added after you've negotiated your sales price.