Clear Up Your Confusion
If you're feeling a bit confused or anxious at this point about buying a car, then take a deep breath and relax. Feelings such as these are a normal part of the car buying process.
Here are some things you should know that may help you clear up your confusion:
1. Many of the new and late-model vehicles are alike.
After going from dealership to dealership and seeing car after car, you probably can't help but wonder what really is the difference between a Honda and a Toyota and a Ford and a Chevy. After awhile, they all start to look alike. Well, the truth is that many of these cars are somewhat alike. Auto manufacturers do tend to copycat each other to a certain extent so many of the new and late-model vehicles share similar stylings and features.
2. The perfect car does not exist.
No matter how much you shop, you probably aren't going to find the perfect car. And that is not your goal. All you are trying to do is find the best vehicle for your particular needs, budget and enjoyment. And that's it. So keep it simple.
3. This is not a life-or-death situation.
It's perfectly normal to feel some fear about making a mistake, of buying the wrong car or spending too much money. However it may be that your anxiety is clouding your thinking. Remember, this is not a life-or-death situation. Nor is it a test -- you are not being graded. So relax.
4. You may need to re-examine your needs.
Be honest with yourself about what you need in your vehicle. Ask yourself:
In answering these questions, don't be concerned with what other people (your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors) might think. Answer with what's right for you.
- What will I be using my car for?
- What kind of driving experience do I want?
- What do I like about my present car?
- What do I dislike about my present car?
5. You may need to re-examine your budget.
If you're experiencing any anxiety or confusion about how much money you can afford to spend, then look again at your finances. Make a detailed list of your total monthly budget: your rent, food and other expenses. Then determine how much money you feel comfortable spending each month for a vehicle. Be sure to take into account the additional expenses in owning that car such as insurance, gas and maintenance. And remember that is far better to allow yourself less than you might think you can actually afford rather than more. There will always be unexpected expenses in owning any vehicle. You'll need that extra money down the road.
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