Part 1 – Do Your Homework

    Buying a Car — In order to buy a car, you need to know what you’re looking for. This is not done on a car lot; you need to have a general idea of what you are looking for before you go to a dealer.

    Do your homework on the Internet, or by looking in the newspaper for car ads, or by researching cars you see on television ads.

    The best way to do your homework is just be open minded and on the lookout for cars that interest you when driving around. If you are at the gas station and you see someone with a car you might like filling up next to you, ask them how they like it. Most people like talking about their car, and you may find out some important information that you wouldn’t find from a dealer.

    One very good thing that you can do is look up the value of your potential car before you go to buy it. Then you have something to compare with when the dealer tells you the price. You can look these up at www.kbb.com (Kelly Blue Book) or www.nada.com (NADA). The figures will vary depending on which one you use, so you may want to look up both.

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