Deciding which to buy or lease is one of the biggest financial decisions you can make. There are many choices on the market today making it difficult to determine which make and model best suites your lifestyle and your budget. Experts agree that taking the time to do some research and planning before heading to the dealership will help you find the perfect car.
Assessing your needs is the first step in determining which car is best for you. Your next car or truck should not only be visually appealing but it should be a vehicle that offers all the amenities and functionality you need now and in the future. Key points to consider are:
How many passengers will you need to transport?
What type of driving do you do: city driving, surface streets or off-road?
Do you drive on wet, icy or muddy roads?
How far do you drive each day? (Think about fuel economy)
What technology features are important to you: navigation, smartphone integration, etc.?
What safety features are important to you?
Do you need a large or small cargo capacity?
Are you going to be using children’s car seats?
Do you plan on towing recreational vehicles or trailers?
How much space is in your garage or parking space?
Many pre-owned cars are financed for sale or lease through a dealership or financial lender. Most car shoppers are concerned about finding financing options that fit within their budgets. The best advice for determining how much you can afford is to calculate 20% of your monthly take home pay. Experts recommend that monthly car payments should not exceed this amount. By doing this mental prep-work before you start finance negotiations, you can avoid the urge to bite off more than you can chew when that beautiful dream car is beckoning from the showroom floor.
Overall, the most important thing to remember when you are shopping for your next car is that you are in control. Car dealerships like Honda of Atlanta are here to help you find and finance the perfect car or truck that you will love to drive for years to come. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you conduct the research needed to find your next vehicle. We invite you to stop by our Used Car Dealership serving Atlanta, GA and explore our complete inventory or pre-owned vehicles.