Sooner or later you’ll be ready to buy a new car. When the time comes, you’ll want to advantage when negotiating and doing your due diligence. Here are a few tips to get you through the process. 

use online tools

The best thing you can do to make the selling and buying of cars easier on yourself is to use free online tools to compare prices. You want to know, ahead of time, how much the car you want will likely cost you. Empower yourself with a little research.

If you’re buying a used car, start by checking the kelley blue book used car value or sites like truecar.com to see what others are paying and how the price you’re negotiating measures up to the going price for your vehicle of choice.

When buying a car, knowledge is power! And doing your research on the front end will help you manage your expectations of price and enhance your ability to negotiate.

a woman's guide to paying for your next car - Tiffany Nicole Forever Blogget clear on the real cost of ownership

Just because you get a great deal on the cost of the vehicle, doesn’t mean that you’ll be paying less overall. Check insurance coverage costs on the car that you’re considering. Some are much more expensive than others. Spend some time online comparing insurance quotes on a website such as Compare The Market

evaluate maintenance expenses

Higher mileage vehicles may cost less but they also come with a greater risk of needing repair. And some cars that are no longer in production may be appealing but you might also find it difficult to find parts down the line. There are pros and cons no matter what you decide… just make sure that you’re making a well-informed decision. 

Make sure you really research the running costs to figure out exactly how much money it is going to cost you day by day to own the car. A simple oil change or new car battery can cost significantly more or less dependent on the vehicle. 

Even if you’re okay with the potential of repair costs, it’s still important to have an idea of what it may cost you in the future.