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Every one likes to buy a comfortable, economical car that can take them from point A to point B. Usually buying a car involves three steps, the first one is looking a buying a car, the second one is financing the car price and the third step is selling or trading your old car if you have one. Buying a car involves a great deal of money and if you are not prepared you might end spending a lot of money.
The first step of buying a car is to decide if you want to buy a new car or an old car. If you choose to buy a new car, then you have two options, either you want to finance or lease. Below are some tips on how to buy both new and old cars that might help you save some money.
Before shopping around and seeing dealers you have to be well prepared in order to negotiate.
First you have to compare car costs

  1. Compare different cars price.
  2. Decide the options that you want, so you won’t pay extra money for features that you won’t need.
  3. How much gas different cars consume.
  4. Maintenance, repair and parts costs.
  5. Insurance cost, the more expensive the car is the more insurance cost you will pay
  6. Interest rates of cars financing, different cars companies offer different interest rates.
  7. Know your credit score; you might pay less interest rate.
  8. Try to make a down payment of 25 to 30 percent.
  9. Cars’ warranty.
  10. Check the dealer reputation, once you bought a car from a dealer, most likely you will be dealing with the dealer and not the manufacturer.
  11. Sometimes there are special offers in a specific areas, search for those offers.
  12. Contact more than one dealer and ask for their specials. Let dealers know that your are contacting more than one dealer in order to get the best deal.
  13. Always be ready to walk away from a deal. You would save a bundle of money.
  14. Read the consumer magazine books, and search the internet for reviews.
  15. Seek out the advice of friends and family and ask for their opinions.

Once you have decided on the make and features, and after estimating the car’s price, you are ready to visit the dealer and negotiate the car price. Usually dealers expect you to bargain the price so start the bargaining by asking for 10% over the cost of the car to the dealer.

If you are buying a new car you can save some money by:

  1. To save money: Buying the previous year’s model if you are buying at the beginning of the new model season.
  2. To save money: Buying a floor model or test driven car. Do not forget to check it out before buying it.
  3. To save money: Buying energy efficient cars might qualify for tax credits.

If you are buying a used car make sure that you check its engine and off course its history. There are websites that allows you to run the car make, model and serial number to tell you if the car has been in an accident or if the mileage has been turned back.
Once you are ready to make a deal, examine the following in the car:

  1. Check the engine.
  2. Make sure there are no fluid leaks.
  3. The car starts easily.
  4. Breaks.
  5. The car does not shift to the left or to the right while driving.
  6. Check for scratches.
  7. Interior lights.
  8. Headlights, brakes lights and parking lights.
  9. Windshield wipers.
  10. Directional signals.
  11. Heater and air conditioner.
  12. Door locks.
  13. Seat covers.
  14. Seat belts
  15. Carpets.

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