Buying a car is the second largest purchase most people will make in their life.
Number one, of course, is buying a house. When people start shopping for a home, they have a checklist, written or unwritten, of what they want. Those items might include what neighborhood the home is in, local schools, the house size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, an updated kitchen, home condition, and so on. Some people insist on a brand new home, others are looking for an older home with character. And obviously, budget and financing are critical to any home choice.
The same kind of thinking applies when you’re buying a car. When shopping, a car checklist will help you decide what kind of vehicle is right for you; whether it’s a 50mpg economy car or a massive people-and-cargo hauler. A checklist for buying a car should also help you understand what your budget is, how much you can afford in terms of payments, what to look for in that new or used car, and what questions to ask the salesman, dealer or private owner.
A car buying checklist will also help you see what to look for in a used car, how to approach buying a new car, how to do a vehicle inspection and even what to look for on your test drive.
In fact, we’ve provided four different Car Buying Checklists that will help you determine the size, type, features, financing and condition of the car you’re looking to buy. You can take our car checklist to the dealer or to a private owner. Or, use our ideas to create your own car buying checklist.
Your car buying checklist should help you understand what you’re looking for---and what you don’t want. Here’s our top 15 tips for your checklist for buying a car. After all, it is your money.