Consider your Lifestyle and Budget
Like every other major decision in life, when you buy a car you have to consider your wants and needs. Finding the right balance between loving the car you just spent a lot of money on and making sure that it meets your everyday needs is difficult. Then factoring in budget is the hardest part. Let’s start with needs. Take a moment to think about how you will use your car. How many passengers do you need to carry? What type of driving do you do: freeway, off road, around town? Will you drive in the ice and snow? How long is your commute? Is good fuel economy important to you? Click here to search our inventory by make/model, price, mpg, equipment, color and more! With just a few clicks you can put your wish list of cars side by side.
Here are a few other questions to keep in mind when you begin your car-buying process:
- Do you want a manual or automatic transmission?
- Do you really need all-wheel drive?
- What safety features are important to you?
- Do you need a lot of cargo capacity?
- Will you be doing any towing?
- Do you require adjustable seating positions?
- Will the car easily fit in your garage or parking space?
Once you have figured out these questions, you need to ask yourself what you can afford. When thinking about your budget and affordability ask yourself the following questions:
- Should I pay cash or have a monthly payment?
- Should I lease or buy?
- How much can I spend?
- Will I keep this car for more than 3 to 5 years when the payments end?
- What is the cost of ownership over the time I will own the car?
Check out our buyer’s toolkit for helpful options to some of these questions or contact us and we will help you through it. But most importantly, find a car that you love. If you don’t love to drive it, smell it and look at it in your driveway then odds are you won’t be truly satisfied with your purchase. To schedule a test drive of your next vehicle click here. To move onto step 2 click here to view inventory.