Blogs Menu

Blogs
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Kara Masterson Kara Masterson
class of
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Brooke Chaplan Brooke Chaplan
class of 2015
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of
Kennedy Williams Kennedy Williams
Spelman College class of 2020
LaMarr Blackmon LaMarr Blackmon
Cal St Univ, Long Beach class of 1992

Tips for Buying A Used Car That Fits Your Lifestyle

Tips for Buying A Used Car That Fits Your Lifestyle
Posted By: Kara Masterson on October 06, 2021

When in the market for a new car, there are many decisions you need to make. The biggest decision, the one that impacts the rest of your decisions, is whether or not to buy a used car or a new car. New cars can be expensive. Used vehicles, on the other hand, are a great choice for people who are on a budget. Not only is it an effective way to save money compared to buying a new car fresh off the lot, but if you treat the car right you can keep it around for many, many years to come. Below are a few tips for finding the car that’s right for you.

Set a Budget


Used cars are known for being less expensive than new cars, it’s one of the most attractive things about buying them. However, it’s still a car that can cost a lot so you will still need to set a budget before you decide which car you’re going to purchase. Make sure that you consider the insurance, registration, and future repair costs when you are considering your budget. You can use an auto loan calculator to help you determine what you can reasonably afford.

Setting a budget means you’re less likely to spend more than you can afford and gives you a realistic estimate of what price range you should be shopping in. It also lets you know if you have any wiggle room if you find a nice car that’s low price but in need of repair.

Understand Your Needs


You should think about the features and benefits of a vehicle that will be the most useful for you once you have the car. For example, if you are someone who has a large family or will be frequently transporting many people, then it will be best for you to look into getting an SUV or mini-van. Another example is you need a vehicle that is great on gas if you will frequently be taking long trips. It all depends on why you’re buying the car in the first place, and how it’s going to frequently be used.

Keep these things in mind as you shop. Otherwise, it’s easy to get distracted by a lot of newer used cars that are nice and flashy but probably won’t serve your needs as well.

Check Reliability


All used cars are subject to wear and tear.



In fact, wear and tear becomes a factor for any car, new or used, the second it’s driven off the lot. With used cars, the wear and tear can vary from minor, such as may be needing to replace minor parts or update certain mechanics, to complex and expensive, as the car is barely drivable as it is when you find it. Overall, there are some vehicles that are more reliable than others. You can check the reliability by getting a copy of the vehicle's Carfax. This will tell you about the maintenance that the vehicle has had and its maintenance history. You should also consider the number of miles that the vehicle has on it. The higher the number, the shorter of a life your prospective car might have left.

Shop Around


You should not feel obligated to purchase the first vehicle that you see, no matter what the car salesman tries to tell you. Shopping around will increase your chances of finding a car that meets all of your needs, or at the very least reaffirm which choice you end up making is correct. It could also potentially alert you to a need or preference you didn’t think of while in the planning stages to buy a car. It can also help you reduce the amount of money that you spend, as you can haggle the price knowing you have other options.

It is a good idea to bring a friend car shopping with you. They will help you make the right decision and offer second opinions. They can also give you an idea of what you should be looking for in a car if you become distracted. Keep in mind that you can do car shopping online before you go to a dealership, and this actually gives you a wider range of options from several prospective sellers and dealers. Used cars can be purchased from dealerships, but they can also be found on eBay or Craigslist, social media, or anywhere someone could get the word out that their car is for sale.

A used car can help you save a lot of money. However, it is important for you to take several things into consideration before you start the process of buying a used car. Things like the fact that you should set a budget and understand what you need before you buy a car. Additionally, you should check the reliability of the vehicle and shop around before you make your purchase.
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
3 Reasons to Seek Compensation After Being Injured on the Job
4 Dental Procedures You Shouldn't Put Off
4 Reasons to Make Sure Your Car Is Properly Maintenanced This Year
Tips for Buying A Used Car That Fits Your Lifestyle
Things You Need to Get if You Want a Motorcycle
Things to Be Aware of When Selling Jewelry
Latest Blogs
3 Reasons to Seek Compensation After Being Injured on the Job

3 Reasons to Seek Compensation After Being Injured on the Job

Workplace injuries are more common than most people realize, and those types of accidents can quickly turn your life upside down. If you have recently been injured while on the job, then there are a f ...more
Kara Masterson • 16 Views • December 2nd, 2021
Today Only - Giving Tuesday

Today Only - Giving Tuesday

Today Only - Giving Tuesday Email: gumboforthesoulinternational@gmail.com Visit: Gumbo for the Soul International (dot) (com) www.gumboforthesoulinternational.com ...more
Beverly Johnson • 29 Views • November 30th, 2021
A Book is Born™ Season III-Epi. 6 airs Nov. 30, 2021.

A Book is Born™ Season III-Epi. 6 airs Nov. 30, 2021.

A Book is Born™ Season III-Epi. 6 airs Nov. 30, 2021. Sound check 3-5 minutes prior: (515) 605-9351 - Guest Call in number also. Our nation-wide line-up of seasoned authors along with our genero ...more
Beverly Johnson • 34 Views • November 30th, 2021
A Guide to Becoming a Successful Pediatrician After College

A Guide to Becoming a Successful Pediatrician After College

The image source is Pexels. Becoming a pediatrician takes years of schooling and training, so it’s important to know if you have what it takes to succeed in this field before you apply to medic ...more
Rayanne Morriss • 97 Views • November 29th, 2021
Grammy Nominated Queen Of Psychedelic Neo-Soul Artist GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW Hits Yoshi's Oakland

Grammy Nominated Queen Of Psychedelic Neo-Soul Artist GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW Hits Yoshi's Oakland

#GEORGIAANNEMULDROW Comes To Yoshi's Oakland CA. Tuesday January 25th 2022 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West Jack London Square. Single "Run Away" Link Below.. https://youtu.be/mONSmBCV1rI https://yout ...more
LaMarr Blackmon • 125 Views • November 29th, 2021
Popular Blogs
Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Join Brother Marcus and the cast and the crew of the Brother Marcus Show live this Sunday evening on February 1, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. for another hot topic in our community! “Divorce in America in 2009 ...more
Brother Marcus! • 48,531,543 Views • January 27th, 2009
VISINE ALERT!!!

VISINE ALERT!!!

Seemingly innocent medication such as Visine eyedrops are used by people to concoct a mixture with similar effects as a date-rape drug. When mixed with alcohol and taken orally, the eyedrops can l ...more
Siebra Muhammad • 63,401 Views • May 23rd, 2009
Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl

Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl

Albert N. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury of raping a white teen girl. Bu ...more
Will Moss • 43,332 Views • June 4th, 2020
Disney Princess Movie a

Disney Princess Movie a "Slap in the face" to African American Men...

Ok... So I guess this is what we get when Disney finally makes a movie with a black princess. A young black girl who falls in love with a prince that is is apparently from India (not African American ...more
Will Moss • 25,429 Views • January 2nd, 2010
First Annual African Women’s Solidarity & Appreciation Day

First Annual African Women’s Solidarity & Appreciation Day

Women of African Descent Worldwide, Globally, Internationally. This is OUR DAY to something for Ourselves. As announced at the United Nations in March 2016…now A Worldwide Gathering to Unify ...more
Elynor Moss • 21,382 Views • October 6th, 2017
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!