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How to Buy Your First Car

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You’re looking at buying your first car. It’s a daunting venture, especially when you’re armed with nothing more than what you’ve seen on commercials and your dad’s advice. As with many things, when it comes to car shopping, knowledge is power. Don’t go into a dealership with no clue what you’re looking for. Do ample research online, at websites like, and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to get the right car at the right price.

Do You Want New or Used?

One of the first things you need to decide is whether you want a new or used car. A lot of this will depend on your budget, so make sure you figure that out first; and no matter what you do, don’t go above this budget! You will regret it later if you do! If you have a pretty small budget, or if you’re a college kid looking for something to just get you from A to B, then you might want to find a dependable used car. If you’re more established, have a higher budget, and want something that will last you through many years, kids, and roadtrips, then you should probably look into a new car. New cars also have the added bonuses of warranties and all the latest technologies; these are benefits you need to take into consideration when choosing between a new or used car.

Narrowing Down All the Options

There are hundreds of models of cars out there. How do you choose the right one for you? Again, your budget will play a big role in narrowing down your options. Most likely, you can count out the Aston Martins and Lamborghinis. Once you get the budgetary eliminations out of the way, consider the following questions to help you narrow down your options:

Gas mileage
Safety ratings
Foreign versus domestic
Technology and other add-ons

Ideally, you should get your options narrowed down to three to five models of vehicle before you start going to dealerships.

Arm Yourself with the Internet

The Internet has a wealth of information. Use it! Once you know what you’re looking for, go online and get an idea of what that type of car is selling for at various dealerships. You can even check out sites for your local dealer, like, to see what they have on the lot. If you know what you’re looking for and what it’s worth, no salesperson will be able to push you around, and you will walk away with the perfect car at a great price.

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Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she later moved to Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Jammie and her husband home school their daughter, and enjoy doing many things together as a family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with their daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.

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