Purchasing a car can be intimidating, especially if you've never purchased one before. There are a number of steps you can take to prepare yourself and your bank account for this large purchase. Doing your homework now can avoid future headaches.

Your first step ought to always be to review what you'll want on your checklist. Make a list of all the things you want from a car, as well as all the things it has to do. A soccer mother might need extra seating for carpooling and lots of room for sports equipment, while a bachelor or bachelorette might delight in a smaller sportscar for zipping around town and quickly car parking in tight spaces.

Second, consider money; what is your cost range? A common rule-of-thumb is to set your highest budgeted amount at 20 % of your take-home pay. For instance, somebody making $50,000 ought to designate $10,000 as their maximum purchase cost. When making this decision, you must take into account the cost of owning the vehicle, paying for gas, and your other associated bills. You might adjust your budget accordingly.

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Hot Rat Rod Headlights Model T A Ford Chevy Dodge Pontiac
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Nos Appleton Lorraine Series 33 Spotlight 55 56 Chevrolet Pontiac Ford 54buick
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Original 1937-41 Chevrolet Pontiac Buick Cadillac Accessory Deluxe Bumper Jack
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1932 1948 Front Bumper A Bar Grille Guard Original Vintage Accessory Chevy Dodge
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Pontiac Bobbed Steel Rear Fender Pair 1928-1934 Rat Hot Rod Style
575.00
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1929 1930 31 32 33 Gmc Chevy Pontiac 1934 1935 Studebaker Rebuilt Generator Br
125.00
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1971 1972 Pontiac Bonneville 4 Dr Lwr Front Door Molding Nos Lh 33 38 8704442
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Original Vintage Headlight Beehive Visors Rat Rod Model A T Ford Chevy Buick Reo
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1933- 1957 Chevrolet Buick Olds Pontiac Nors Front Outer Wheel Bearing 909001
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Casco Fender Guide Original 1930 S Vintage Illuminated Accessory Bakelite
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Pontiac Steel Running Board Set 33 1933 - Made In Usa 16 Gauge Cold Rolled Steel
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18 High Volume Oil Pump Fit Chevrolet Gm 4.8 5.7 6.0l Ls1 Ls2 Ls3 M295hv
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1933-1936 Pontiac Water Pump Nos Part Number 511551
1933-1936 Pontiac Water Pump Nos Part Number 511551
201.00
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Brian Tooley Racing Btr Ls1ls6 Mls Cylinder Head Gaskets Set - Like Gm 12589226
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33-39 Buick Cadillac Chevy Olds Pontiac Post Model Side Window Run Channel Kit
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1939 Pontiac Gear Shift Lever 33 12 Inch Long
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2 Chevy Carburatoar Rochester 2gc Carb Top Rat Rod Hot Street Vintage 265 283
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1932 1940 Front Bumper A Bar Grille Guard Original Vintage Accessory Ford Chevy
235.00
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1933 1958 Pontiac Waffle Trunk Lid Insulation 24 X 36 Cuni144
30.00
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Vintage Running Board Extendable Luggage Rack Model T A Ford Chevy Dodge Hudson
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1933 1934 1935 1936 Pontiac 6 8 Rebuilt Water Pump Br
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1934 1935 1936 Pontiac 6 8 Cyl Rebuilt Water Pump Br
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New Starter For Chevy Olds Pontiac Saturn 2.0l 2.2l 2.4l 2001-2006 6493
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Nos Vintage Smokey Bear Dash Snuffit Ashtray 1940s 1950s Car Truck Accessory
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37-38 Buick Cad. 33-36 39 Chevy 37-39 Olds Pontiac Rear Quarter Window Seals
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Winterfront Grille Radiator Shutter 1930s 1920s Straight Louvers Works Nice
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1933-35 Chevrolet 1933-34 Pontiac Closed Models Rear Window Gasket Seal
137.99
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1931 1932 32 1933 33 1934 34 1935 35 Chevrolet Chevy Pontiac Gas Cap Gasoline
25.00
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1933 1938 Pontiac All Carburetor Rebuild Kit Carter W1-1 C1301
1933 1938 Pontiac All Carburetor Rebuild Kit Carter W1-1 C1301
38.46
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1933 Pontiac Only Steering Gear Box Used Saginaw 260367
1933 Pontiac Only Steering Gear Box Used Saginaw 260367
145.00
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1930 31 32 33 34 35 Buick Lasalle Oldsmobile Pontiac Front Wheel Seals Nos
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1933-1960 Buick Cadillac Chevrolet Oldsmobile Pontiac Rigid Run Channel 12
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Pair Nos Car Hop Window Food Trays - Vintage Drive In Snack Auto Accessory 50s
149.95
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1933 1949 Pontiac 8 Cylinder Engine Overhaul Gasket Set C517123rs
1933 1949 Pontiac 8 Cylinder Engine Overhaul Gasket Set C517123rs
245.26
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1933 1957 Pontiac Wheel Outer Bearing Set Ball Bearing Type C909001r
27.69
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1933 Buick Chevy Olds Pontiac 4 Door Sedan Quarter Vent Weatherstrip C38004376
195.00
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Vintage 1933 Pontiac Indian Radiator Cap Hood Ornament
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1933-60 Buick Cadillac Chevy Packard Pontiac 5ft Window Run Channel 58 X 916
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1933-60 Buick Cadillac Chevy Packard Pontiac 6ft Window Run Channel 58 X 916
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Vintage 1933 Pontiac Indian Radiator Cap Hood Ornament Estate Find Advertising
199.99
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1933 1954 Pontiac 8 Cylinder Head Gasket C514369r
1933 1954 Pontiac 8 Cylinder Head Gasket C514369r
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1933 Pontiac Street Rod Mt Aluminum Radiator
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1933 Pontiac Firewall Pad
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2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Pontiac G5 Kn Air Filter 33-2311
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1931 1933 Pontiac Stationary Quarter Window Channel 8 Ft Strip C60044677
50.90
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2008-2009 Pontiac G8 6.0l 3.6l Kn Air Filter 33-2919
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1998-02 Pontiac Firebird Chevrolet Camaro 3.8l 5.7l Kn Air Filter - 33-2118
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Vintage Coin Holder W Pontiac 8 Logo Pontiac 8 Wings Coin Holder Convertible
45.00
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Vintage 1933 1934 Pontiac Spring Shackle Brackets
16.95
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1933 1936 Pontiac Axle Rebound Bumper Pair 2 716 High C592583rs
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1933 Pontiac Coupe Original Exterior Door Handles Nice Pr Locking Non Locking
1933 Pontiac Coupe Original Exterior Door Handles Nice Pr Locking Non Locking
125.00
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1933 1954 Pontiac Fullsize 6 Cylinder Spark Plug Wire Set C509151rk
1933 1954 Pontiac Fullsize 6 Cylinder Spark Plug Wire Set C509151rk
45.00
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1933 1957 Pontiac Wheel Outer Bearing Set Roller Bearing Type C909001br
1933 1957 Pontiac Wheel Outer Bearing Set Roller Bearing Type C909001br
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Nos Gm 503466 Clutch Release Bearing Collar 1933 34 35 36 37 38-42 Pontiac Etc.
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1933 Chevrolet Pontiac Oldsmobile Deck Trunk Handle Lock Cylinder Nos With Keys
1933 Chevrolet Pontiac Oldsmobile Deck Trunk Handle Lock Cylinder Nos With Keys
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1933 1942 Pontiac All Window Setting Seal Double Lip 3 Feet C70024157
1933 1942 Pontiac All Window Setting Seal Double Lip 3 Feet C70024157
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Nos Santay Imperial Ash Tray Original Vintage Accessory Custom Ford Chevy Dodge
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1933 1954 Pontiac All Universal Head Lamp Switch 6 Volt C190211rp
1933 1954 Pontiac All Universal Head Lamp Switch 6 Volt C190211rp
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Set 1940 Sm Headlights Lamps 670 Vtg Pair Ford Chevy 12 Volt Ratrod Usa Tractor
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1932-33 Chevrolet Pontiac Olds Side Mount Tire Clamp
1932-33 Chevrolet Pontiac Olds Side Mount Tire Clamp
175.00
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Chevrolet 1932-36 Pontiac 1933-35 Transmission U Universal Joint Gasket Set
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Pontiac Red Wsilver Indian Chief B1 Classic White Gold Keys 1926 - 1933
Pontiac Red Wsilver Indian Chief B1 Classic White Gold Keys 1926 - 1933
84.95
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1933 Pontiac Straight 8 Shop Manual 108 Pages Well-illustrated C753311
1933 Pontiac Straight 8 Shop Manual 108 Pages Well-illustrated C753311
19.00
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1933-1952 Pontiac Wholesale Parts Book Orig Gm Print
1933-1952 Pontiac Wholesale Parts Book Orig Gm Print
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06-09 Pontiac Solstice 07-10 Saturn Sky 2.4l Kn Air Filter 33-2349
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Pontiac White Wsilver Indian Chief B1 Classic White Gold Keys 1926 - 1933
Pontiac White Wsilver Indian Chief B1 Classic White Gold Keys 1926 - 1933
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1933-1936 Pontiac Vintage Nors Water Pump
1933-1936 Pontiac Vintage Nors Water Pump
160.00
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1949 1950 Ford Push Button Start Ignition Switch Mercury Truck Oem Hot Rod Rat
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193350 Pontiac Thermostat Gm Harrison 160 Degree 3126562
193350 Pontiac Thermostat Gm Harrison 160 Degree 3126562
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1933 1954 Pontiac 8 Cylinder Intakeexhaust Manifold Gasket Set C503434rs
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Pontiac Black Wsilver Indian Chief B1 Classic White Gold Keys Set 1932 1933
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Nos 1961 Dodge Upper Tail Light Package Original Mopar Accessory Pair
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Original 1930s Passenger Car Accessory Bumper Grille Guard Ford Chevrolet Mopar
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1933 Pontiac All Models Cowl Vent Gasket C60004454
1933 Pontiac All Models Cowl Vent Gasket C60004454
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Pontiac Blue Wsilver Indian Chief B1 Classic White Gold Keys 1926 - 1933
Pontiac Blue Wsilver Indian Chief B1 Classic White Gold Keys 1926 - 1933
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1933 1958 Pontiac Mohair Channel Liner 7 Ft 1 58 W C1046041
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2 Chevrolet Pontiac Grv14 Briggs Stratton Nos Key Blanks 1927 28 29 30 31 32 33
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2002-18 Toyota Corolla Rav4 Yaris Scion Pontiac Kn Air Filter New 33-2360
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1933 Pontiac 8 Cyl Clutch Facings
1933 Pontiac 8 Cyl Clutch Facings
30.00
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1933-54 Pontiac Valve Spring Cages Nos 526795 Lot Of 17 Pieces
1933-54 Pontiac Valve Spring Cages Nos 526795 Lot Of 17 Pieces
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1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 Pontiac Rebuilt 623 10 Clutch Disc Rare
45.00
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2.5 Chrome Column Drop Street Rod Hotrod Fits Gm Tilt Column Hot Rat Custom A
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Nib Dome Style Cigarette Ashtray - Vintage Auto Accessory - Never Used
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Traffic Light Viewer Traffic Light Finder Guide Traffic Viewer Traffic Finder
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1933 1934 1935 1936 Pontiac Rebuilt Water Pump Wp 65 494931
60.00
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1933 1954 Pontiac Thermostat 180 Degree Nos
1933 1954 Pontiac Thermostat 180 Degree Nos
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1931193219331934193519361937 Pontiac King Pin Set Nors
45.00
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Vintage Coin Holder With Authorized Pontiac Service Coin Holder Convertible
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1971 Pontiac Fullsize Exc Wagon Rear Marker Lamp Bezel Pair Nos 481232 33
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Francisco Vintage Car Auto Heater Packard Buick Oldsmobile Chevy Ford Dodge Reo
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1933 1934 1935 1936 Pontiac Rebuilt 65 Water Pump Br
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1933 Chevy Oldsmobile Pontiac 2 Door Cowl Vent Gasket
1933 Chevy Oldsmobile Pontiac 2 Door Cowl Vent Gasket
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1933-1954 Pontiac 248 268 Intake Exhaust Manifold Gasket Set Best Gasket
28.99
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1933 Pontiac Nos Starter Drive Pinion Housing  1934 1935 1936 Chevrolet
1933 Pontiac Nos Starter Drive Pinion Housing 1934 1935 1936 Chevrolet
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1933 1936 Pontiac Upper Radiator Hose C495192r
1933 1936 Pontiac Upper Radiator Hose C495192r
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1949 1950 Ford Push Button Start Ignition Switch Mercury Truck Oem Hot Rod Rat
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1933 1936 Pontiac Rear Axle Oil Seal C592441r
1933 1936 Pontiac Rear Axle Oil Seal C592441r
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Next, check the car history on a site like Carfax.com. If the car checks out, schedule a test drive of the vehicle, and try to test it on roads like the ones you would typically experience during your day-to-day regimen. Ask any type of pre-owned vehicle dealers you go to for records. After considering all the aspects of the vehicle and whether it fits your budget, make an offer to a trusted salesperson.

While negotiating, feel totally free to take time to think about counter-offers, use the restroom, or eat a meal. There ought to be no rush when making this decision, and the salesperson ought to help you feel at convenience.

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