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First-time Car Buyer Checklist

One of the unofficial markers of becoming an adult is making a major life investment, and this idea is commonly related to those that are buying a car. Making a major purchase like a car can make you feel like you are ready to tackle other major financial investments, but if you are new to the world of car buying, you may need a little more assistance. Doing proper research and getting your finances in order are a few ways you can prepare yourself for this investment. Here are a few other tips for first-time car buyers:

Budget accordingly

As you are gearing up for this major life purchase, you should first set a bar for how much you are willing to spend each month on your car. Many think that a car loan will be the only thing they have to pay for, forgetting to factor in car repairs, gas and auto insurance. When crafting your budget, make sure you are taking all of these extra costs into account.

Set up a monthly payment plan

Once you have made a list of all your expenses, you should figure out a payment plan. One of the most helpful ways to figure this out is to look at your budget on a month-by-month basis. Determining your monthly costs will assist you in planning out other parts of your budget as well.

Think about practicality

You should be thinking more about practicality. Consider what you need from your car and how you will use it, such as your daily commute, how many people will be traveling with regularly and how much cargo you plan on lugging around with you. Knowing how you will be utilizing the vehicle will give you a better idea of what type of model to get.

Do plenty of research beforehand

Stepping onto a car lot can be a fun experience. Checking out all the different models and taking a few test drives can give you a better idea of what car you want, but doing so without doing any research beforehand could cause you to make a purchase you are not ready for. Dealers can be a little bit pushy and if you are rushed into getting car you don't want, you could stand to lose a lot of money. Take your time before signing off on buying a car. There are plenty of online resources you can use to get all the facts about the car you have your heart set on before you head to a dealership.

Remember to have fun

There are plenty of steps to take before getting a car, but remember to have fun as well. Looking at cars and taking a few test drives can be a blast, but that will be lost if you are stressing yourself out about buying a car.

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