How to Buy a Car for the First Time

By Quentin Arthur (Freelance Contributor) on Saturday February 2nd, 2019
By Quentin Arthur (Freelance Contributor)
on Saturday February 2nd, 2019
When you began driving, you were most likely provided with a vehicle by your parents or another family member. This may have been a hand-me-down car that has been in the family for years or even an old hatchback that was picked up online for a couple of hundred dollars. In either case, you had little to do with the procurement of the vehicle.

Of course, the time will come when you need to go to the dealership to purchase your first real car of your own. When that time comes, the following advice might just come in handy:
How to Buy a Car for the First Time
  • Finances

    The first step that you will need to take on your journey to car ownership is figuring out how much money you want to spend. Take some time to sit down and analyze your finances to determine an amount that leaves you plenty left over for other expenses. If you need assistance with this part, you can always speak with a family member, friend, or trusted financial adviser.
  • Picking The Car

    Having figured out how much money you are willing to spend, your next step will be finding that perfect car. Try to focus on choosing a vehicle that makes sense for your lifestyle rather than one that just looks good. If you have a family, pick a car that has plenty of room for the kids. If you work as a plumber, pick a vehicle that has room for your tools. By taking the time to find the right vehicle now, you could save yourself a lot of trouble later. Of course, throughout all of this searching, never lose sight of that budget.
  • Negotiating

    Once you have decided on the car you want, it is time to find the best deal possible on it. If you are purchasing a new car, take the time to speak with all of the dealerships in your area who offer the vehicle. You might just find one who is cheaper than the rest. If you are purchasing a used car, you will need to negotiate directly with the salesperson. You may be able to receive some discounts in exchange for waiving some services or financing with the dealership. The negotiation process can be long and tiring, but if you are not happy with the deal do not be afraid to walk away. You should never agree to anything that you aren't comfortable with.