Tips for Finding Your Ideal Car


ideal-carWhen you’re ready to purchase a car it can be difficult finding the ideal one for you, let alone one that will last for years. Having trouble deciding? You can purchase your ideal car by following these helpful tips below.

What Are Your Needs

First, you have to know your needs. Before you think about all the ‘bells and whistles’ you want, think about the ideal vehicle that will be practical for you.  Consider how many people you’ll be driving with on a daily basis, where you drive to, the weather conditions you will have to drive in and your daily commute. Other factors to think about:  will you be towing anything? are your kids going to be in car seats? are safety features you desire? do you have sufficient space to park your vehicle?  These are the questions you want to ask yourself first, as a starting point when determining the perfect vehicle for you.

Know Your Budget

Next, you want to determine your budget.  It’s important to decide a budget beforehand so you know what you can afford.  Determine the monthly/weekly payments for the vehicle and then shop around accordingly.

Considers Cars in the Same Class

If you already have a car in mind you may want to check out all of the cars in the class to make sure that you are getting a car that is up to your standards, yet within your budget too. It is worth comparison-shopping before making a commitment.

Ownership Costs

Before making a purchase, you should consider the costs of owning the specific car. Maintenance, fuel, insurance, and depreciation are all important factors.  If you make a smart decision you will find that you saved yourself from having to spend a lot of money (that you do not have) trying to maintain a car.

Check the Availability Online

Thanks to technology, car shoppers now can browse different dealerships and see which cars are available before wasting time going to a dealership only to find that they do not have the car that you desire.  Additionally, once you see the car that you like on the dealer’s website you will want to contact them to confirm that they actually have it available before making the trip.

Test Drive

Once you think you have found your ideal car, schedule a time with the dealer to take it on a test drive. This way you can see if you like how the car drives and how you fit inside of it.

Evaluate the Test Drive

Even though the car meets your features expectations, the test drive is going to allow you to see if it is truly the car for you. When test-driving you should drive it as you would if you owned it. Be sure to test the brakes, drive over bumps, and make sharp turns. Check out the back seat and the cargo space too.

There you have it! Interested in finding your ideal car? Contact Frank’s!
(860) 649-3000