Thursday, November 24, 2011

What to Consider When Buying a Car or Truck

Buying a car is a major investment, second in many people's lives only to buying a home. Whether you're buying the first quality used car of your life or are doing so yet again, the price and finances of the process are important to consider. Not all of us can just rush out and pay cash for a car, after all, so some considerations should be made as far as getting a good deal and on securing the money you'll need. Here's a quick look at the basics behind the process and some tips to get the best price when you're about to purchase a previously owned vehicle.

Securing your own financing is often a better option when buying a previously owned vehicle.
To get the car you want and the loan you need without paying too much, getting your own lender will often help you get better terms, lower interest, and can actually help you pay less for the car in the end.
Dealers often like to focus on monthly payments when they sell you a car rather than the overall price because they can adjust some figures you may miss to make it seem like your lower monthly payment is better.
Find out roughly what you'll qualify for in terms of a loan from a separate lender and then visit the car dealership.
This way you can focus on the actual price of the car, not the terms of your loan.
When you've found the right car, don't pay too much attention to that sticker price in the window
Instead, find out what the wholesale price of the car is – what the dealer paid for it – and use that to negotiate upwards instead of down.
Finding info on car prices is easy today thanks to mobile web browsers, and can help you get the best price for your previously owned vehicle.
Finally, consider trading in to lower the price. Your current previously owned vehicle could knock a few thousand dollars off the cost of a newer quality used car and improve the terms of your financing, so don't hesitate to find out its value and consider trading it in as well. When you keep all of these factors in mind, it's easier than you may think to get a great deal on your purchase and to get the car you want and the loan you need.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Issues to Look out For when choosing a Car or Truck

If you're considering buying a new car, there's never been a better time to do so. Automotive dealers are motivated to sell like never before and loan companies are ready to help you get the car you want and the loan you need. Buying a quality used car has never been easier, but before you rush to the dealership and buy the one you've been eyeing as you pass by on your way to work you should take the time to review a few basic steps for choosing a car. Doing so can make a huge difference in your contentment with your choice.

Buying a car is a major investment that shouldn't be taken lightly.
  • You need to ensure that you're getting a quality used car for your money because as forgiving as an auto loan may be, you can't back out of it just because you decide that the car isn't right for you or uncover hidden issues with it a few months after purchasing it.
  • There are a number of things to check for to ensure you make the purchase that's right for you. Start by affirming to yourself that you aren't going to be pressured into any deal. You need to buy based on quality, not sales pitches.
  • First of all, try to look beyond a single model and narrow your selection down to more than just one quality used car.
  • Take the time to check out both the outside and the inside of each vehicle but remember that appearances aren't everything.
  • Take the car for a test drive and carefully pay attention to various issues. Is it easy to handle on the road?
  • Do you notice any noises like popping, rattling, or clanking when you drive, turn the wheel, or brake? If so, consider a different car or you may regret it.

Even if you don't notice any issues with the first quality used car that you drive, try out a couple more. This lets you get a feel for which one drives the best and allows you to compare any issues that you may not even be thinking of at the moment like seat comfort or turn radius. In short, you need to take the time to give each car a very complete review so that you don't run the risk of buying a car you're not satisfied with or – even worse – a lemon. You're making a major investment, and should treat it as such.
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trading in Your Car - A Good Idea?

If you're thinking that a new car is in your future, you've got options. Finding a quality used car is one of the best ways to save money since someone else takes the value depreciation instead of you. Of course, you're already in a car that you may not need when you get a new one, so it may be worth thinking about trading in your car.

Trading in has several advantages, from helping you get the car you want and the loan you need to simplifying the process considerably. But it's worth looking at the whole picture to ensure you're making the right call.

First of all, it's worth looking at the pros to trading in your car. A major one is that it can help you get the car you want and the loan you need by lowering the total amount you'll have to pay on the quality used car you're hoping to get.

  • You can apply the trade in value of your old car to the price of the newer one.
  • They won't be giving you a huge sum, of course, since they'll need to make a profit as well. But you can expect to have at least a bit taken off the overall price, making it easier to afford the previously owned vehicle you may be considering.
  • Also, take the time to agree on a purchase price for the quality used car you want to buy before you discuss the trade in value of your current one.
  • This keeps the deals separate, and makes it easier for you to figure out just how much of a loan you're going to need for the newer car.

To get the most from your current previously owned vehicle when you trade it in, be sure it needs no repairs and that you have it cleaned completely before you bring it in.

There are plenty of reasons to trade in your car, but bear in mind that if you still owe payments on it that those will have to be paid off by the trade in amount before anything can be applied to the new car, otherwise you may not be able to get the car you want and the loan you need at all. If you keep these factors in mind you should be able to decide on the right course of action for you, whether you opt to buy a second car or trade in your current one. 

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Save Money by Preparing your Vehicle for Winter Sooner than Later

Take time to make sure you are prepared for winter and it will save you money in repairs and prevent accidents from happening. Before you know it, temperatures will cool off and there will be snow on the ground. The colder months ahead can really take their toll on your vehicle. A few simple preventative measures taken now will keep your car safe and in good condition during the long, harsh winter ahead.

Get an oil change. Take a look at your owner’s manual to make sure what kind of oil to use. Oil gets thicker as it gets cooler so it won’t do a good job in lubricating or turning your engine over if it’s to thick.
When is the last time you changed your windshield wiper blades? If they are not clearing the rain well, then they probably will not move the slush and snow when you need them the most. Get a new set put on.
Change the windshield fluid. Make sure it is rated for below freezing temperatures or else you may need to replace all of the fluid lines if they crack and freeze below zero.
Check your antifreeze. Make sure you have a 50/50 ratio of antifreeze and water. If you are not sure, drain it and start with new pre mixed antifreeze.
Snow Tires. Snow tires are made using a different type of rubber that sticks to snow and ice better. Changing your tires sooner than later is a good idea. You never know when freezing rain or frost may come.
Check your tire pressure and make sure it’s where it should be. Once again, air condenses in cold weather and your tires may look flat.

Be equipped for winter. Do you have: snow brushes, ice scrappers, first aid kit, flairs, jumper cables, blankets, flashlights and candles?
Check your Battery. If your battery is weak, has corroded cables or connectors, consider replacing it. Batteries only have a four to six year life expectancy.
Check your breaks. Take your car in for a break inspection. Here are a few signs that you should get your breaks looked at: when you break, your car pulls to one side or another, you hear a grinding or squeaking noise and especially if the pedal feels to soft when you press down to stop.
Check your car’s hoses and belts. Usually a car is due for a tune up every 50,000 kilometers so have them inspected. With winter coming your hoses and belts could snap or break in the cold.
Make sure you can defrost your windows and your heater is working. There is nothing worse than not being able to see through the fog or freezing inside while trying to steer.
Start to keep your fuel tank full so that you don’t have condensation building up and water forming. If the built up water freezes it could block the flow of gas to your engine or dilute the remaining gas.

Hope this simple reminder helps keep you safe throughout the winter months. For more valuable tips and information, visit