Let’s be realistic. You just graduated from college. You have a decent job, with a decent earning. Checking your income and savings, you can’t afford the dream car just yet. What you need right now is a real car, something you can pay without leaving you broke, but one that is good for you.
It’s time to let the old beater rest now. That good old hand-me-down from dad or mom is just worn out by time and the many different owners from your family tree.
For a new college grad, there are so many vehicles out there. Pinpointing to one may be as difficult as looking for a needle in a haystack. Besides, each person has different needs and lifestyles. This means, that there’s no single car that can cater to everybody.
Instead, we’ve made a rundown of the things you need to consider when shopping for a car. This should help you find just the right auto.
The MPG Bait
There’s more to MPG than meets the eye. You see ads by car dealers saying that this particular model has the best miles per gallon (MPG). getting one with the best MPG may save you money from gas (or energy), but you can do the math. If you’re off a pace by a mile or two, you’d know how much you’d be paying extra. If you save more from that than paying for a cheaper car, go for it. But if you’re saving from gas, while your car loan’s monthly due is driving you nuts, it’s an obvious choice.
New or Used -Which is Which?
Note that ‘Used’ does not have to be old and worn. Also, New is more advanced than its predecessors.
Autos have become really good for a whole while now. You can test drive car can hardly tell it that it’s 5 years old (unless you check the date it was manufactured, of course). But the point is, you can find a used car that has been well maintained and priced really low than their newer counterparts.
New autos, however, can guarantee you that they have the latest technology built in them. Also, car warranties are wider in scope compared to used ones. You are sure to get one vehicle that has virtually zero chances of breaking down instantaneously. There is a price to pay for peace of mind, they say.
Know the Car, New or Used. And Know What You Need
The reason you are getting a car is that you need it. But why do you need it? Examine your lifestyle. How does the car help you in your day to day living? Is it more economical for you to commute or to have your own vehicle? Do you travel long distances from your house to work and vice-versa? All these have to be considered. This is where you will base the kind of auto you will need.
You also have to know the car, especially if you’re checking out a used one. Is there any notable problem? have some parts been removed or changed? An inspection can help you if you’re not keen on this stuff. It may cost you a hundred buck but if problems will be uncovered this can help you decide better.
For a recent college grad like you, it takes baby steps until you get the luxury SUV of your dreams. It takes hard and smart work and a little ounce of luck. For the meantime, there is one really good car waiting for its owner out there. And when you find that one car, it can be a match made in heaven.