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Car Buying Tips

It's important to know what to do when buying a new car – even before heading to the dealership. Research and gather information about the cars you’re interested in, and bring a written list of questions for the salesperson. Having the right information will reduce your chances of buying the wrong vehicle.

New car buying questions checklist

To find a vehicle that fits your needs, consider these car buying tips:

  • What size car do you need? Do you have a large or small family?
  • Do you live in an area where all-wheel-drive would be smart?
  • Do you drive a lot? If so, gas mileage will be a key consideration.
  • What is the "out-the-door" price of the vehicle, including sales tax, title fees, warranties and related costs?
  • How much have you budgeted for the purchase, including insurance?
  • What features do you really need and what bells and whistles could you live without?

You want to have as much information as possible before visiting the dealership. If you find yourself asking the salesperson a lot of broad questions, you may not be ready to buy a car that day. It's OK to make a few trips before making a purchase. After all, buying a new car is a process; it shouldn’t be an impulse purchase.

Buying a new or used car?

Buying a used car brings another set of variables into play. Since you have to consider things like the age and condition of the vehicle, know how to determine the vehicle’s condition and market value. Here are a few things to find out:

  • The vehicle's maintenance history
  • Its accident history (third-party vehicle reporting services, like CARFAX®, are valuable)
  • The mileage
  • Simply, why is the seller selling?
  • Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds

If possible, have the vehicle inspected by an auto mechanic you trust. A thorough check-up can be more useful than asking a lot of questions.

Whether you're buying a new or used car, don't rush the decision. Take your time, shop around and make sure you have all the information you need before you sign on the bottom line.

The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.

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