Research cars before deciding to get one. Some are more safe than others, some are more likely to be stolen than others, some use more gas than others, and the list goes on. New cars tend to have less issues than used cars, so factor in more repair costs for a used car - new car warranty should cover issues for a good year or more. Service plans are also worth considering, if you don't want to pay for the oil changes and such each time. Used cars - you don't know what the previous owner did - did he take care of the car with regular oil changes and maintenance? Did the car come from a storm area that may show flood damage? Was the previous owner a smoker (you may find the answer when you use the heater or air conditioner).
Buy New or Used?
Car Buying Checklist
• Miles on the car? Any previous smokers that would make a differance?• Maintenance logs?• Look up the VIN to see if it has come from an area that has had flooding - it may be resold and be defective. Check under the floormats, under the carpet in the trunk, between the console and seats - all places that may have evidence of water garbage from flooding.• Standard or manual shift?• Insurance costs for the car• Payments you need to make, and when they start; finance options• Registration cost• Options that are important to you - UBS ports, radio, CD player, iPhone jacks, automatic windshield wipers, side mirror pull-in, trunk lock disable, automatic start, DVD player, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.
Buy your car online,
Buy or Lease?
Leasing a car may or may not give you a lesser monthly payment than a car with a loan. Do you like being able to upgrade your car more often? A lease may afford you to be able to do this more easily than buying and selling - check out the lease options. do you need to buy it outright at end of lease period? I took my previous car out as a leased option, then I bought it after the lease ran out - I was so happy with the car. Since then, we've bought new cars with car loans or aid in full. I don't have a preference either way. Though with the lease, the buying option brought the purchase price way down after lease period was over.
Loan or Lease?
Figure what you need in a car rental.
• The size of the car you need• Standard or shift (shift is an option in other countries)• If you can get a photo of the car - once, we were given a car that was a "billboard" painted with advertisements• Check all dents before you take the car - document them with the car representativeRent a car here.