We all have dream cars. Some of us wish we could have a luxury SUV. Others want a fast sports car convertible. But most of us need to think logically when buying our next vehicle. Make sure you’re not rushing yourself. Take a little time to do some research and planning. Here are some things you should think about when finding the right car or SUV for you.
Your Car Needs
The very first thing to assess is what you need a vehicle for. It sounds obvious, but sometimes we don’t always think this one through. You should be asking yourself many questions to help discover the size of vehicle that fits your needs. First and foremost is, on average, how many passengers will you have in your car. A typical driver keeps their vehicle for an average of six years, so you should stop and think about where you might be within four to five years. If you’re single and know you won’t be having a family anytime soon, you can go as small as you’d like. Are you in a relationship, engaged, or married? Even if you don’t have kids yet, it’s a good idea to stop and think about the size you would like your vehicle to be. If you think you’ll have some extra passengers with you, it might be a good idea to think a little bigger when buying your vehicle.
Think about your commute. If you have a long commute, you’ll want to think about the vehicle’s fuel economy. You might not even work far away, but fuel economy is still important to you. There are many great options nowadays for fuel-efficient vehicles. You don’t even have to buy new cars to get excellent gas mileage.
Other car needs to think about are:
Your Budget and Down Payment
Before you get that dream car in your head, you need to plan out what is affordable. An average car buyer has to finance their vehicle, and that’s something you should think about, unless you’re paying cash. Plan out your monthly budget. How much can you feasibly set aside each month for a car payment? A general rule to follow: don’t let your monthly car payment exceed 15 percent of your monthly take-home pay.
It’s wise to know your budget beforehand to see where you need to negotiate money-wise for your next vehicle. You can use Legend Motors of Ferndale’s finance calculator to help figure out how much your monthly payments could be, based on down payment and loan terms.
Another available budget tool at Legend Motors of Ferndale, a proud partner of Capital One, lets you customize your deal on a car you love. Hit the Explore Financing button and pre-qualify online with no impact to your credit score and access your real rate and monthly payment on qualifying vehicles. Adjust things like down payment, trade-in, term length, and more to build a deal that fits you and your budget. See your real monthly payment while you shop from home.
Once you have figured out the needs for your next vehicle and your budget, it’s time to start shopping. Legend Motors of Ferndale has a large selection of quality low-mileage used vehicles. Take advantage of the search filters up top when browsing inventory to help guide you through our vast selection. This makes it easy to find cars or SUVs that are within your budget and size requirements. Start searching for your next vehicle today at Legend Motors of Ferndale. Don’t make your car-buying experience ordinary, make it LEGENDARY! Use our new chat feature to immediately text us any car-buying questions you might have.
When shopping for a car, make sure you’re not rushing yourself. Take the time to think through your car needs and budget opportunities. Use this to narrow your search and pre-qualify online. You’ll be glad to know you’re picking out the right SUV or car for you!