Purchasing a vehicle can be intimidating, especially if you've never bought one before. There are several steps you can take to prepare yourself and your bank account for this large purchase. Doing your homework now can prevent future headaches.

Additionally, consider gas mileage. If you have a long work commute, a gas-guzzling SUV may not be the best choice for you. You'll also want to think about how long you'll keep your new ride, because that will determine if its resale value is a concern. As you discover your needs, be sure to write them down.

While your budget is important, so is your credit. If you plan on taking out a loan when you start visiting used car dealers, your credit score will play a role in what you can afford. If your credit is good, the bank may be willing to work with you to lower your interest rate. If your credit is bad, the APR may be higher. Many of the larger used car dealers work hand-in-hand with banks to ensure they can assist people, regardless of their credit score, in obtaining the best possible loan rate and payment plan. Of course, you may independently obtain your own financing before making an offer on a car. The choice is yours.

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