So, you're looking to get a car...Just about everyone experiences a variety of emotions when it’s time to buy a car. In many instances, the process is overwhelming due to the thought of making the financial commitment, and the abundance of information one can research online. It’s important to identify what you will need from the car as opposed to what you want from it.
To make things easier, we've come up with a few questions to ask yourself before making this decision to help you find the perfect car for your needs.
What is your budget?Many buyers don’t take the time to carefully consider their budget when buying a car. There are other costs associated with the purchase such as taxes, legal documentation and optional upgrades that need to be accounted for, too.
It’s also important to consider any future costs you may occur such as routine maintenance, fuel costs, and insurance. Typically, your monthly payment should be no more than 15% of your gross pay or 20% of your take-home pay. If you're worried about affording a car, ALM Marietta has got you covered with their great financing department!
Once you have decided what the car will be used for, you can narrow down the options to the make and model that will best suit your needs. It’s important to consider your travel and social lifestyle when doing so.
What do you intend to use the car for?
A car that offers excellent mileage is optimal if you must drive lengthy commutes on a regular basis. Pre-owned vehicles that have low miles on the odometer or have impressive MPG (hint: hybrid) can often be the best choice for you if you don’t want to splurge on a new model.
Are long commutes part of your daily routine?
This is where you consider your personal tastes and preferences, especially if you’re going to be driving this vehicle often. Make sure it’s a comfortable fit because it’s where you’re going to be spending a good portion of your day/night.
Who is going to drive the car?
It’s also worthwhile to take anyone besides you that will be driving the car. Taking the needs of a spouse/partner, children and/or pets will all have to be taken into consideration. This will also help you narrow down the type of car you need.
Preference for body style and comfort is a very personal thing. Be aware that specific car body types serve various purposes. Decide whether a basic or luxury sedan, a coupe/convertible, a crossover or an SUV is the right fit and ride for you and your lifestyle needs. ALM Marietta has a huge vehicle inventory filled with all types of models for you to pick from.
What style of car do you want?
Should you buy a new or pre-owned car?
A pre-owned car is an excellent middle ground between a new and an older used vehicle. Pre-owned takes the worry out of buying an older used car that doesn’t come with a warranty, roadside assistance, and lower mileage. The process of purchasing this type of car is typically less stressful. To make it even less stressful, ALM Marietta has quite the selection of used vehicles under 15k that won't break the bank and will get you where you need to go!
Buying a used car can be a valuable alternative to save money for other important financial matters that can crop up. If you keep the strategies we have listed in mind, you should be able to get a very good pre-owned or sued car at a reasonable price for the value you are getting.
Are you comfortable with your decision?
Doing some research and following our basic guidelines, you’ll feel confident when making your purchase at ALM Marietta. Our pre-owned vehicles come with many benefits that are unmatched by other dealers. Our experienced sales team along with our variety in inventory will help you achieve total satisfaction and peace of mind with your purchase. We have the best luxury and pre-owned vehicles to choose from.
Come on in today and see why we've been providing outstanding service in the greater Atlanta area since 2004!