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.

Your first step should always be to reflect on what you'll want on your checklist. Make a list of all the things you want from a vehicle, as well as all the things it needs to do. A soccer mom may need extra seating for carpooling and lots of room for sports equipment, while a bachelor or bachelorette might enjoy a smaller sportscar for zipping around town and easily parking in tight spaces.

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

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Now that you have considered your needs and the potential costs, try searching online to learn more about the options available at used car dealers. Most larger dealerships have websites with their inventory and search tools designed to help you search for your desired features and prices. Get a feel for what's out there and contact the dealer before going to the lot to confirm the details.

Next, check the vehicle history on a site like Carfax.com. If the vehicle checks out, schedule a test drive of the car, and try to test it on roads like the ones you would typically encounter during your day-to-day routine. Ask any used car dealers you visit for records. After considering all the aspects of the car and whether it fits your budget, make an offer to a trusted salesperson.

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