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First-time Car Buyer? Tips to Get Through the Process

First-time Car Buyer? Tips to Get Through the Process

Whether you’re a recent grad or simply someone who’s never needed to secure their own wheels, buying a car for the first time can be a little intimidating. There are several things to consider as you get started, and making your way through without getting disappointed or distracted takes some know-how. If you’re gearing up to buy your first ride, here are a few tips to help ease the process.

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Patience at the Dealership: Why You Can't Buy a Car in 15 Minutes

Patience at the Dealership: Why You Can't Buy a Car in 15 Minutes

You’ve researched the make and model you want in your next vehicle. You’ve calculated what you can afford each month for your new auto loan. You’ve found a dealership you trust to make the sale happen. It’s finally time. You drive up to the dealership, full of excitement. You’ve put in the work on the front end, so driving off the lot with your new car should be a breeze, right? Well, not exactly. Most car buyers—even those who come prepared—spend several hours at the dealership when they’re ready to seal the deal. In order to avoid getting frustrated over the time you’ll spend at the dealership, read on to learn what to expect when buying a car and why the process won’t be over in a matter of minutes.

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Should You Trust Your Car Salesperson?

Should You Trust Your Car Salesperson?

Does the thought of visiting a car dealership and being approached by a salesperson fill you with dread? If so, you’re not alone. Heading to the dealership to buy a vehicle sparks anxiety in some car buyers because of the inevitable encounter with a salesperson. For years, car salespeople have gotten a bad wrap. They’re often described as sleazy, pushy, and even untruthful, which puts many car buyers on the defensive from the start. However, the truth is that your salesperson will be a necessary part of the car-buying process, and he or she is there to ensure the sale and delivery of your next vehicle go as smoothly as possible.

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Seeing the Big Picture: Car Ownership Costs

Seeing the Big Picture: Car Ownership Costs

When most car buyers begin budgeting for the ongoing monthly expenses of car ownership, they typically consider the cost of vehicle financing and insurance coverage as the total cost of owning and operating a vehicle. Unfortunately, that approach fails to see the big picture. Did you know that, according to a recent study from AAA, annual car ownership costs can add up to an average of $8,469 if you drive 15,000 miles a year?

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Buying a Car at the End of the Year: Pros and Cons

Buying a Car at the End of the Year: Pros and Cons

If you’re trying to find the best time to buy a car, you’ve probably heard that the end of the year is a great window of opportunity to cash in on some perks. While there are certainly some advantages of buying a car at the end of the year, there are also drawbacks you’ll want to understand as well. Read on to learn more about what you should know when buying a car at the end of the year.

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Is Timing Really Everything When Buying a Car?

Is Timing Really Everything When Buying a Car?

If you’re like most people, you probably want to feel like you’ve scored the deal of a lifetime when making a major purchase. Buying a car fits firmly into that category, much like scoring noticeable savings on a new TV or a dream vacation. Regardless of whether your car purchase was planned well in advance or showed up as an urgent need, driving off the lot with a new set of wheels is more exhilarating when you know you saved some cash in the process.

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