Buying a car is always a big decision, and when you’ve never done it before, it can feel like jumping into the deep end. If you rush and don’t think your purchase through, you might end up buying a car that doesn’t make sense for your wallet or doesn’t really match your needs. Here we’re going to outline ten tips that ensure you can make a purchase you’re happy with.

1.   Know How Much Car Your Money Can Buy

Your car is likely to be the second most expensive asset you’ll ever buy, just behind the home, which means your choice is going to make a big impact on your finances. Fitting it into your finances is essential. Start by calculating all your monthly expenses against your income. In the disposable income left, you can see the sum-total of the money you have left over to put toward the monthly costs of the car. You might also want to start looking at ways to cut existing expenses in order to be able to spend more on the car each month.

2.   Consider the Loan You’re Taking

How much money you have to spend each month and how much you plan to spend in the long-term on the car are two different things. The length of an auto loan agreement typically ranges anywhere from three to six years. Spreading the loan out to six years can help you afford to pay for a more expensive car, but it also means that your finances are going to be impacted for much longer. You need to consider future expenses, such as the possibility of rent increases or other loans you might want to take. Find the loan that won’t only help you get the car you want, but one that will fit into your expenses in the long-term. It’s a wise choice for many to get pre-qualified, too, so they know what kind of loan they are able to get which can help narrow down their options.

3.   Think About How and Where You Drive

Not all vehicles are the right match for the same task. There are a lot of factors that go into which car you buy, but thinking practically about your transportation needs is where to begin. For instance, if you’re primarily using yours for city driving, you might want a smaller vehicle with more safety features due to the increased risk of damage in congested city streets. Whereas if you’re in a rural area, then a larger vehicle that’s able to handle big hauls might be more suited to your needs.

4.   Size Matters

One factor you have to consider more carefully is how much space your car has. For a family, a larger vehicle with more seats makes practical sense, but you have to consider whether you need even more space to make way for baby car seats. A lot of people also consider getting a larger vehicle for those occasional times they’re going to need to haul big loads, like moving to a new house. Unless you’re going to make use of that space regularly, it’s often smarter to rent a pickup when you need it and buy a smaller car that fits your more everyday needs.

5.   Assess Your Other Needs

Choosing a car based on the driving environment is the right first step, but it’s not the only one. Consider other needs and wants as well and make sure they’re put in a list of priorities. For instance, if you face a long commute every day, fuel economy and part reliability might matter a lot more than performance. An infotainment system might be tempting, but all-wheel drive might be more important if you’re going to be regularly driving on unpaved roads. Have your wish-list of features and have it in order

6.   Have a Few Options Ready

It’s easy to get confused by the choice of used cars available and end up buying something that doesn’t fit that wish-list of yours. Use the above steps and a little online research to have a few options in mind. Don’t limit yourself to just one car as you may not necessarily find it available or you might find that it doesn’t fit your wants as well as you thought it did. Pick out the one car you want above all others then do a little research on the others in its class and have them ready as backup options to compare with. There are plenty of great sites offering information on different classes, cars within the class, and models for those cars. Do your research in advance.

7.   See What’s Available

In the past, you had to visit a physical dealership to see whether or not they had what you’re in need of. Now, sites like Eden Autos make it much easier to get a glance at the inventory online, so you can pick out those that best fit those options you’ve thought about. But be aware that there are always going to be options you haven’t considered. If you have those wants and needs listed out, talk to your dealer, and they can help you find the hidden gem you haven’t considered.

8.   Take a Test Drive

One of the ways that cars might upset your expectations, for better or for worse, is in the test drive. A car might have all the features you consider essential but if you can’t stand how it handles on the road, you might not feel confident in purchasing it. With used cars, a test drive also helps you get a little reassurance the vehicle is in good condition.

9.   Think About What You Need From Your Deal

The contract you sign with your dealer isn’t always going to provide just the car you want. If there are any warranties on offer, consider them, too. They can help you make the monthly maintenance and repair bills easier to calculate, but it depends on the condition of the car you’re buying and how long you plan on keeping it for.

10.  Sleep on It

If there’s a car you definitely want, then we’re happy to help you find it. However, it’s always worth taking the time to really think over a choice car before you make your final decision. Take what you’ve learned about it and do your own research to ensure it fits all your needs. Buy with your head, not your heart.


There you have it, ten tips to make it much easier for new drivers to buy the car that’s right for them. If you need any help figuring out the answers to any of the questions above, remember that Eden Autos is glad to help you find your needs and pick the auto that fits them to a tee.