Buying a New or Used Car

At some point in time, everyone needs to buy a car, especially if you live in California like I do.  Whether it is new or used, you should make sure you know what you are looking for.  The things you look for in a used car are different from what you look for in a new car but, of course, there are similarities, as well.  Here are two lists of things to keep in mind when shopping for a new or used car:

Whether you are looking for a new or used car, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a car.New Car

  • Gas Mileage (Save gas money!)
  • Safety (Check to see its crash test rating and how many air bags it has)
  • Reliability (If it’s not reliable, it’s not for you)
  • Comfort (You won’t like your car if you aren’t comfortable in it)
  • Speed (Make sure it can get up to speed in time)

Used Car

  • How many miles it has (Should have an average of 10,000 miles per year)
  • If it has a salvaged or clean title (Salvaged means it was fixed from a car accident; avoid all cars with a salvaged title)
  • Reliability
  • Comfort
  • Speed
  • Cleanliness (You don’t want to buy a dirty car!)
  • Make sure the car was well-maintained by its previous owner
  • Safety

All of the things listed above are great to keep in mind when shopping around for a new car.  You also want to make sure you shop around for a while before you make your final decision.  There are a few things you can do to make sure you are not being scammed when buying a new or used car such as taking a mechanic along with you, test driving it, checking its Car Fax, or checking if it’s a good deal at Kelly Blue Book.  Buying a car takes time, but knowing what you are looking for will make it that much easier.

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Taylor P.

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