Car Buying Guide: Getting Started

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There is lots to keep in mind when buying a new car. With more and more options and technology available than ever before, is it easy to feel overwhelmed trying to decide which vehicle is right for you. Whether you are buying a new vehicle or pre-owned vehicle, O’Brien Nissan of Bloomington wants to make this easy for you. Here are three things to keep in mind when you are starting the search for your next vehicle. 

  • Price
  • Lifestyle
  • Size

Understanding Price when Buying a Car:

Possibly one of the top considerations, there are several numbers and terms to keep in mind when it comes to price. The MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price) and car buying researchinternet price/ selling price are agreed upon prices that show the value of the vehicle you are purchasing. The total amount or the “out the door” number is the selling price plus tax, title, license, and handling fees. If you choose to finance your vehicle another number to keep in mind is the monthly payment, the amount you pay monthly to a lender to pay back a car loan. And finally, while in the research phase of your car buying experience it’s helpful to consider the cost of ownership. Cost of ownership estimates maintenance, service, and gas costs throughout owning the vehicle. 

Buying a Car to Fit your Lifestyle:

It’s important to keep your lifestyle in mind while searching for a new vehicle. While that sporty, coupe convertible looks super sharp and has decent gas mileage, it might not be the best fit as your daily driver transporting your bicycle for weekend get-a-ways . The easiest way to find the best car for your lifestyle is to ask yourself how you’ll be driving the car. Do you have long commutes and need good gas mileage? Check out the 2019 Nissan Versa or 2019 Nissan Sentra.  Do you live somewhere with harsh winters? Try something more durable to the elements like the 2019 Nissan Titan or 2019 Nissan Armada. Making a list of needs vs wants is a great place to start! 

Finding a the Right Size: 

There are a couple items to consider when thinking about what size of vehicle you need. Size can apply to the number of seats in the vehicle. Are you a growing family that needs to sit 6-8 passengers or is it just you? Where you park the vehicle may also affect your considerations in vehicle size as well. Will a super sized truck fit in that parking garage at work or in the garage at home? The engine size is good to keep in mind too. Are you hauling a boat or trailer? Do you really need to spend the extra money on a 6-cylinder or will a 4-cylinder get you to and from work ok? 

There are an endless number of things to consider when purchasing your next vehicle, and each will vary from person to person. However, if you are feeling lost when starting to look for your next vehicle, price, lifestyle, and size are a great place to start!

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