shop for a new car Shopping for a new car can be an exciting but intimidating experience. With so many makes and models out there, and with new models coming out every year, it can be hard to know where to start. This is especially true if you happen to be buying your first car and know little about the car buying process. If you want to shop for a new car but don't know where to start, ask yourself these important questions first.

  • What's your budget?: When shopping for cars, the most important thing you need to figure out early on is your budget. This way, you'll be able to look at vehicles at dealerships that are within your price range and not accidentally settle on a car you can't afford. If your ideal car is too expensive, consider trying to buy the same car used instead of new.

  • Automatic or manual? This question is fairly easy to answer, but still important when picking out your new car. If you haven't learned how to drive a manual transmission car, make sure that any of the cars you're looking at are automatic. Of course, if you're learning manual or are comfortable with learning in the future, this will give you more options to consider as you shop for a new car.

  • What does your car need to handle?: This is likely one of the more difficult questions to answer about your car, but will be the most helpful. Think about how often you'll be using your car, what length of trips you'll be taking, and in general the sort of work your car will have to do. If you're looking for a vehicle that can do lots of hauling, for example, you might consider looking for a pickup truck. In 2016, light truck sales accounted for around 65% of the 17.1 million vehicles sold in the United States.

  • What about the weather?: In addition to considering what you'll be using your car for, think about what sort of conditions your car will have to operate in, particularly conditions that are outside of your control. Driving in snow is very different than driving on clear roads; make sure you pick out your car accordingly.

Ready to shop for a new car with these questions in mind? Contact Fair Oaks Jeep Dodge today to start searching for a new car.

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