Buying a car is one of the most expensive purchases to make. Just thinking about the amount of money it will take to get a second car for our family makes me cringe. However, there are some ways to make it hurt the bank a little less, so you can buy your next car on a budget! I’m thankful for Autotrader.com partnering with us to share these tips!
For starters, you need to know your non-negotiables. There are things that you absolutely need your vehicle to have in order to be comfortable and happy with it long term. This will also help you as you make a list of the cars that you want to test drive.
Going to a dealership with a list of your favorites that you’ve already selected, can help you from being side tracked by a salesman who wants to sell you something great, but that isn’t quite in your price range or is missing some of the things that are most important to you.
When do doing your research to choose what you want to look at in person, Autotrader.com can be a huge help! They’ve created a must test drive list, showing some of the best rated vehicles in the market right now. There are even videos so you can virtually test drive!
The AutoTrader editorial team really helps you narrow down what cars you are interested in and compare the best options. They have great tips to help you make the most of your test drive too!
For parents buying cars, I highly recommend bringing along the kids car seats so you can see how they work in the new car. Is it easy to get seats in and out and does everything fit?
We even brought along our stroller when we bought our last car because we wanted to be sure it would fit easily in the trunk.
We turned down one car we had previously been interested in specifically because it was too hard to get the stroller in and out of the trunk. I was really glad we had brought it along.
Doing lots of research ahead of time to find the cars you are most interested in, and then going to the dealership for test drives with a list can help you save time and money in the long run!
Are you looking for a new car soon? Are you planning to test any of the vehicles on the must test drive list?
This review was made possible by iConnect and Autotrader. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.