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Avoid Driving Away with a Lemon When Car Shopping

by Dolores Olsen

If the time has come for you to look for a vehicle, you want to do all you can to drive away knowing you bought the right one.

When it is time to car shop, you want to do all you can to research what is on the market.

In doing this, you are better positioned to select a vehicle best suited for your lifestyle.

With that in mind, are you ready to see what is out there?

Be Smart When Shopping

In looking for your next vehicle, here are some keys to remember:

  1. What your needs are – Knowing how you plan to use your next set of wheels is a good beginning point. From long commutes to and from work to running your children around, what is a typical driving week like for you? If you do use a vehicle often, make sure you get something that will hold up. The last thing you want is to buy something that will let you down all too often. A lot of driving also means you will want something that is good on gas mileage. If you are not careful to do your homework, you could drive off with a lemon and be regretful for years to come.
  2. What you can afford – Also take the time to look at your finances. Make sure you can find a vehicle that fits within your financial parameters. The last thing you want or need is to buy something that will stretch your financial abilities. Doing so can make it harder to pay for other things. That is especially true if you are going to end up with a monthly auto payment. You could also see an uptick in what you pay for things like auto insurance and more.
  3. What others have to say – It never hurts to go online and do some networking offline. This means finding out what other consumers have to say about their experiences. That feedback can prove quite valuable to you. It could help steer you towards or even away from specific makes and models at the end of the day. You can use social media to see what some consumers have said about the cars or trucks they bought. If you have outside family and friends who’ve bought vehicles recently, talk to them too.
  4. What living conditions you have – Do you live in an environment where winters can be hard? If the answer is yes, you want a vehicle that is going to hold up under such driving conditions. This means a vehicle that can handle things like snow and ice. You should also consider keeping your next vehicle in a garage if possible when not using it. This can help protect the vehicle and extend its life with you.
  5. What you will be happy with – Finally, you should buy something you are going to be happy with. Since you will likely have the vehicle for years, you don’t want something you will feel miserable with.

In buying your next car or truck, are you confident you will drive away happy?