If you are looking for a car to buy, you should consider the car body type that you want. There are plenty to choose from, but the most popular ones are the Sedan and SUVs. While the aesthetics of the car is important, consider the functions and space that you will need.
Some car body types are not very popular, partly because of stigma surrounding them. Consider the minivan. It is unpopular because those driving these types of cars are associated with “soccer moms”–mothers of kids and teenagers who need to store a lot of sports gear and other things for their kids in the cargo area. Because of its resemblance with the minivan, hatchbacks have also received a similar backlash.
But you really shouldn’t care about what others think of your own car. When you consider the form and function that you need, then just go for it. Here are the different car body types.
In this article, we will present the best websites to look for and buy a car. While this is greatly applicable to people who are looking for used cars, the websites in this list will also help those who are looking for a brand new car.
If you have set your budget and you know your car needs, the world wide web is a great place to look for a car. It saves time and helps you compare several cars from different dealerships at the same time! The websites offering different car options will also list important information that will help you decide which car to buy–the mileage of the car, the history of the car through Carfax or Autocheck.
Another advantage of looking for cars online is the ability to use different filters for your car search. You can specify the price range, the body type of the car, the transmission, color, and many other options. You can even set it up so that you will be notified whenever new listings are added to these websites. In most cases, the same cars will show up in the following websites. But you can also compare the prices in each website to check if a car is cheaper through one website or another. Read more
For your first car, it is better to buy a used car than a new one. There are many advantages in buying a used car. Read our Guide to Buying Your First Car for our argument on that.
New cars are often much more expensive than second-hand cars. As a new driver, you won’t feel as bad if you earn a few dings, bumps, and scrapes on a used car, instead of in a new car. The challenge, though, is that choosing and buying a used car can be tricky and difficult. Here are some steps you can follow if you want to buy a good used car.
There are different ways of saving some money before you commit your hard earned money. Thousands of cars are put up for sale in the market month after month either by the owner or by car dealers.
If you’ve been looking for options on car websites or on Craigslist, you may have come across some really good-looking yet inexpensive cars!
Before you start jumping for joy, you need to pause and dig deeper. If it’s too good to be true, it may be suspicious. A good-looking, yet inexpensive car may turn out to be a rebuilt title car. Read more
In the previous post, I started sharing the story of how I looked for a car in Nashville, TN. It wasn’t an easy process and I had a one-week window because that’s how much I could afford to spend for a rental car.
The biggest problem I encountered in buying a car is on the financing side. Because I don’t have any kind of credit history in the United States, my options had been severely limited. That’s why used car dealerships tried getting me to sign into crazy financing options.
(Crazy!) Car Dealership financing options
I spent a crazy three hours at the first dealership I ever went to. That included the test drive, the small talk, and the financing process, and the used car salesman’s back and forth talking with their finance office. I wanted so much to give him my business. But for one, the car I took for a ride was a 2013 Ford Focus, and he was signing me up for a 2013 Kia Forte. And then, when we talked about the financing part, he wanted me to pay a $4000 downpayment, and then I will pay $375 per month for 72 months! That was crazy and I am glad that I walked away from that deal.
For almost all dealerships offered me almost the same amount of down and monthly payment, which made me realize that dealerships may not be the best option for people like me who don’t have a credit history. Read more
We recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the second week of August 2015. Since we came from across the world, we couldn’t bring our car over. In the United States, if you don’t have a car, it is extremely difficult to travel and move from one place to another. It’s not impossible, but very difficult, unless you live in cities with a well developed train or bus system. Our situation is made even more complicated because we have a toddler that would also love to go places with us.
If I had at least USD 5,000 in cash, I would have been able to find a serviceable car that is quite old, with high mileage, but would still function well. But alas, I didn’t have that amount of money.
I could also apply for a loan. But my problem is that, as a new non-resident alien in the US, I didn’t have a credit history. That fact alone, meant that I couldn’t simply walk into dealerships and expect a good rate from them.
It took me quite some time to find a car. But thankfully, I did. Here’s how I did it. I hope this guide on how to buy a used car in the USA could help you, too.