Whether you’re buying a new or used car, knowing what to do — and what not to do — can mean the difference of hundreds or even thousands of dollars over the term of your loan and the life of your vehicle.
Whether it’s your first car or your fifth, these 30 car-buying tips can help you win the negotiation and save money. Before even setting foot in a dealership, make sure you’ve put yourself in a position to leverage the best car deal possible.
Last updated Jan. 16, 2020
1. Do: Consider the Type of Car You Need
There’s no shortage of different kinds of cars for sale, so the first thing to consider is how you’ll use your car. You might want to buy a dream car but it might not fit your lifestyle. Evaluate your family’s needs, the demands of your commute and the vehicle’s central purpose