Moving Tips

Purchasing Your First Vehicle: 3 Important Things to Consider Before Taking that Step

Posted on March 7th, 2011 by

Upon moving from a booming metropolitan area to the very rural plains of the countryside, it may be time to invest less in taxi-cab and subway train rides and focus more on purchasing your first vehicle. Although convenient in a fast-paced city, public transit may not be so generous in your new location. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing your very first vehicle.

New Vs. Used
While most people want a brand new car, the finances are not always immediately available, especially for college students or those just relocating to a new city –money must be spent elsewhere. Buying a used car is just as rewarding as buying a new one and it will allow you to save much more money to put towards more important things. However, if you are going to purchase a used car, be sure to do adequate research on the car’s history to make sure there is no outstanding debt or unfixable mechanical issues under the hood.

Examine/Test Drive
Before purchasing your vehicle (whether from a private owner or dealership) be sure they allow you to inspect and test drive the vehicle before signing any papers. Be sure that the vehicle operates smoothly and that it has no substantial damage. If you have minimal knowledge of cars, take someone with you who has ample knowledge of the “ins and outs” of a vehicle, doing so will prevent you from having to pay for old mechanical issues that were being kept secret by the dealer.

Negotiate
If you know what type of vehicle your purchasing prior to going to a dealership, be sure to do your research on what it is truly worth to prevent you from getting cheated out of your money. Car dealers are great talkers, don’t let them intimidate you. If you believe the car is worth less, do not be afraid to speak up and negotiate for a better deal. Be realistic, because although car dealers are willing to negotiate they are not going to allow you to try to fool them. Furthermore, being as this is your first car it may not be your ideal car, but it will get you from “Point A to Point B.”

Purchasing a car is very simple if you know what to look for before hand. Although you may not want a 2 door compact car, grow with your first vehicle until you can afford a more luxurious vehicle. Furthermore, if this is your first time living in a rural area, get adjusted to your new environment and worry less about what your vehicle looks like.

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