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Nearly seven years ago, I made one of the most extravagant purchases of my life. After a couple of years of saving money, I bought a shiny new silver sedan. This beautiful car was fitted with a luxurious custom grill. For the first several months, I constantly looked at my stunning new car through the windows of my back door. My acquisition was definitely worth the wait. I’m glad I waited to save the money needed to make a cash purchase. Now, I can enjoy my car without having to worry about monthly payments. On this blog, you will learn how to shop for the best car for your budget. Enjoy the ride!

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4 Ways To Start Shopping For Your New Car From Home

by Constance Bryant

Your hunt for a new vehicle shouldn't start on the dealer's lot. Instead, your hunt for a new vehicle should start at home. You can do a lot from home to make the car buying process go smoother once you get down to the dealership.

#1 Determine if You Want to Lease or Buy a Vehicle

First, determine if you want to lease or buy a vehicle. Leasing a vehicle will allow you access to a brand-new car for a couple of years and can be a great choice if you know you are going to only be in the area for a few years, or if you don't want the long-term hassle of actually owning a car.

Buying a vehicle, such as a new Ford for sale, is a great choice if you know you want to drive the vehicle for more than a couple of years. Buying a vehicle will allow you to hopefully get back some of your investment when you sell the car down the road.

#2 Determine What Your Budget Is

Once you decide if you want to lease or purchase a car, you need to decide what your budget is. Knowing your budget is important when leasing as well as when purchasing a vehicle.

Keep in mind you often have to put down some sort of pre-payment when you lease a vehicle. You also have to make monthly payments as well.  You will need a down payment or pre-payment budget as well as a budget for how much you can afford to spend per month.

When you purchase a car, you need to know how much you are willing to spend for a down payment. You also need to know what type of monthly payment you can afford and how long you want to have a car loan for. It is better to be able to quickly pay off a vehicle.

#3 Research New Car Models

Know that you know the money you have to work with, it is time to start researching vehicles that fall within your budget. Read consumer reviews of the vehicle so you can get an idea of how people feel who have purchased the vehicle. Read and find out what the leading industry experts are saying about the vehicle.

Look for a vehicle that fits both your budget and your lifestyle. For example, if you are frequently driving on long commutes by yourself, a small hybrid electric car may be the best fit. If you like to spend the weekends skiing and hiking, a crossover vehicle with fold down seats for storing extra cargo may be the right vehicle for you. Make sure your vehicles you are looking at fit with your lifestyle.

#4 Schedule a Test Drive

Once you found the top vehicles you are interested in, call your local dealership and set-up a test drive. This will allow you to verify that the vehicle is available and will ensure that your time is spent as effectively as possible when you get to the dealership. When you make an appointment to test drive a vehicle or vehicles, you should not have to spend time waiting around for them to get the vehicle ready; you should just be able to test drive the vehicle(s) you are interested in.

Start shopping for your next new vehicle from the comfort of your home. Figure out if you want to lease or purchase a vehicle. Figure out what your up-front and monthly budget is. Do your research and set up test-drivers before you arrive to get the most out of your time.

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