When it comes to buying a car there are a couple of things that potential car buyers need to check. There are a plethora of cars in the market. The smart buyer knows that it takes a little research to get the vehicle that is going to work best for the driving needs of the buyer. You need to be mindful of the car that is best qualified to meet your needs. It works to your advantage to become an informed buyer of the car that you will be financing or paying cash for.

1. Gas Mileage 

If you are planning to purchase a car you need to know about the gas mileage. This is going to play a big part in how much you are spending each month. You need to know if the car has decent mileage if you are someone that is commuting on a regular basis.

It is important to consider the potential that you have for better gas mileage with powerful hybrids on the market. Cars save a substantial amount of money. When you start looking at hybrids that do not require as much gas you will be surprised to find that there are cars that perform at much higher levels than the early hybrids that are on the market.

2. The Safety Features 

It is also wise to look at the safety features of cars that you are planning to drive for the next 5 to 10 years. When you are purchasing a car, you need to know if there are blind-spot detectors, navigation systems, side door airbags, anti-lock brakes and a plethora of other things that make driving safer. 

It is not enough to just know about the cool features like app synchronization for entertainment purposes. As the driver you need to be aware of the safety ratings for the vehicle that you are planning to ride in with your family and friends.

3. The Old Model Vs. The New Model

Sometimes purchasing a new vehicle gives you options between an old model and a new one. The new model may just be coming out and there may be some features that you are interested in. The old model could also have some features that are different from the new model that you are interested in.

It is to your advantage to compare the features and style of the end of year model and the new model that is coming into place for the upcoming year. There is also going to be a difference in the price of the old model for the current year and the new model that is being introduced for the next upcoming year. These are things to consider if it is your desire to save money.

4. Recalls 

Pay attention to any possible recalls for the vehicle that you were planning to buy. The new car that you are planning to buy may not have any recalls, but you need to consider the model and manufacturer. If this company is known for recalls on a particular model you may need to be more cautious when it comes to your purchase.

It never hurts to ask the dealer if there are any potential recalls on the car that you are planning to take home.

5. Servicing the Vehicle 

You also need to know about the service department for the vehicle that you are planning to acquire. If this is a foreign car you need to know if it is going to require special care. You should know if the vehicle requires a synthetic oil change or a conventional oil change. Be aware of whether the vehicle is a four-wheel or a rear-wheel drive. These are the type of things that play a big part in the type of maintenance that has to be done. 

When you know how the car is built you have a much better mind frame on the type of service and money that will be needed to maintain the car. When you are knowledgeable about how the vehicle is designed you can maintain your new car much better.

6. Horsepower 

It is also a good idea to look at the horsepower. Some people don't have a true need for speed because they are not driving much on the highway. Those that are highway drivers, however, are going to be looking for horsepower for the times that they are driving faster than the city speed limits.

7. Price

It is obvious that price is something that you will have to consider when you are making the purchase of a vehicle. Take the time to find out how much the markup sticker price is. This gives you more room to negotiate for a better deal. Consider getting the car without all the extra add-on features to lower the price.
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