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Monday, July 21, 2014

3 Tips for Buying Your First Car

When you are buying your very first car, you might be feeling quite a bit of excitement. After all, driving offers a ton of freedom – something that everyone values. Even if you are getting your first car later on in life, there is no denying how sensational it is to finally be able to drive without having to rely on friends, family, or public transport. However, if you are still a little unsure of how to go about buying a vehicle, this guide can help you out.

Tip 1: Save, Save, and Save Some More

If you work, then that puts you ahead of the game already. However, what you do and how much you get paid have a big impact on what type of car you can afford. It can be difficult to save up for a car if you are only working part-time, so try to ask for more hours or any overtime. If neither option is available, then consider getting a second job for the time being. If you make enough at your current job, then determine how much you want to set aside from each paycheck. Keep in mind that there will be financing options available for many cars, if you don't think that you will be able to save enough for a whole vehicle in a timely fashion. In this case, focus on coming up with the money for the down payment.

Tip 2: Set Up a Budget

So, with your current job position and title, how much can you spend on a car and how long would it take you to set aside enough money to reach this goal? Setting up a budget—as well as determining how long it will take you to pay for a car within a reasonable price range—is essential. It will organize your efforts and keep you from opting for a car that you really can't afford.

Tip 3: Look into Cars that You Are Actually Interested in Purchasing

Don't settle for a car you will despise down the line. Look for something that is reasonably affordable and that you actually like. What cars do you frequently find yourself staring at with longing? Once you have determined the model of car you want (and you have conducted the necessary research on that car), head to our NJ Toyota dealership and give it a test drive. Don't ever buy a car that you merely like the look of – you need to like the feel of it, too. While you are in there, check out the standard features and/or accessories and ensure that the vehicle is equipped with everything you need.

These are three very simple ways to start the process of buying your first car. There are obviously many other tips and tricks, but they'll have to wait for another post!



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