How to choose a car

1. Your first choice should be based off of what type of driving style you want. If you are going to be doing some serious long-distance drives you might need something that’s able to hold up to the rigors of long distance. If you will only be commuting around town then less power but still capable engine will do just fine. You’ll have to decide early on if you’re looking at comfort or performance.
2. Next, research online to find out which manufacturer has the best reputation. Then check reviews of their cars on sites like Yelp, Consumer Reports and Edmunds. Also read customer feedback about them on forums like Top Gear and Jalopnik.
3. Make sure you don’t go over budget! When buying a car make sure you get a good deal. Don’t buy it sight unseen. Be patient and wait until you drive it before making a purchase decision.
4. Do not be afraid to negotiate. Ask the dealer if they have any incentives. Most dealerships will offer them sometimes just to get you in the door. Ask how much the total price would be without incentives. Once you know the final price ask what the difference between that amount and your initial price range was. Dealers hate when people walk away from their deals. If you don’t want to shop around then just tell them you’ve got no money for a down payment and see if they’ll work with you.
5. Always test drive your potential vehicle. You may think you won’t run out of gas, but those little bugs can really mess with you while traveling and cause expensive repairs later. Also, drive on different road surfaces. If you haven’t driven on gravel roads yet, try them out. Test drive a few different routes. Avoid highways unless you must use them. Driving on them causes wear and tear on your suspension.
6. Take care of your car. Keep an eye on things like oil changes and tire tread depth. While these aren’t strictly important to safety, they are indicators of proper maintenance. If you notice anything strange, take your car back to where you bought it.
7. Check the history. Look at past repairs done on the vehicle and look at its repair records. Is it always getting fixed? If not, you may have problems.
8. Don’t forget to do regular tune ups. A lot of cars (especially newer ones) have computer controlled systems that monitor many aspects of the car. These features can help prevent major issues from happening. But if something goes wrong you’ll want to know about it. So keep an eye on everything.
9. Never ever leave your keys in your ignition. Lock yourself out of your own car? Call someone to help you right away. Leaving your keys in the ignition could set fire to your car. If you live in a hot climate make sure you lock your doors and windows.
10. And finally, never ever get into an accident. Even if your insurance covers it (which is rare), accidents cost a lot. That means that buying a new car can add up fast.

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