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Car buying is a "major purchases" in life, car buying is one to be carefully considered. Your first task will be to determine exactly what market you're going for.

New car or Used Vehicle?

There are many factors to consider when buying a car. Your choices will depend on your personal and financial situation. Even the climate you live in may play an important role in this decision as to whether you need 4WD or a convertible.

Additionally, these days, fuel economy should always be considered.

Consider a financial plan that allows for proper upkeep and maintenance of your family car. And research cars that require less repair as they will last a lot longer.

Donít buy a new vehicle if you donít really need it!

Used cars are often in great shape and require less of a resource drain on the environment.

Whether you are buying a used car or new car - order a car history report!

You may be able to use an online source to find out if the car has...

  • hidden accident damage?

  • false odometer readings?

  • been in a major car crash?

  • had a car theft report filed?

  • flood damage?

  • been labeled a lemon?
     

Worksheet for Buying a New Car

Before you negotiate the price of your next new car,
use this worksheet to establish the bargaining room.

Model __________________________   Base Price__________________________

Options: Invoice Price* Sticker Price
Transmission: [] Automatic [] Manual []
Air Conditioning
Engine: Size
Audio System:
     [] AM-FM []cassette [] CD
Brakes: [] Antilock []Power-assisted
Power Locks
Seats: [] Power [] Heated [] Leather
Rear Window: [] Wiper []Defroster
Wheels and Tires:
     Alloy Wheels
     All Season Tires
Mirrors and Lights:
     Illuminated Dual Vanity Mirrors
     Map Lights
     Exterior Power Mirrors
Alarm System
Cellular Telephone
Remote Keyless Entry
Sunroof

Navigation

Other: ____________________________
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Totals    

*You can get the invoice price by looking at the dealer's invoice or reviewing car publications.

 

 

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