EDEN AUTOS TOP 10 TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME CAR
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sleep on It
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
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.