7 Tips That Make Buying a Car as Fun as Shopping For Everything Else

As a self-proclaimed fan of shopping, I DREAD buying a vehicle. Feel the same? Here are some pro tips...

*Figure Out Your Budget Ahead of Time

Most experts recommend spending no more than 15 to 20 percent of your income on a car.

*Do Your Homework

Spend some time reading up on the car facts that will be important to you.

*Consider Both New and Used Options

Used cars often come with a significantly lower price tag, but drive just as well.

*Test Drive, Test Drive, Test Drive!

Buying a car can be a huge investment, so make sure you find something that you really love and feel comfortable driving before you sign on the dotted line.

*Don't Get Hooked on Bells and Whistles

If you can survive without a few of the luxury additions, opting for a mid-level model is a great way to save some cash.

*Bring Your Own Financing Options

Before you go shopping, check your credit score and see if you can get pre-approved for a loan elsewhere.

*Channel Confidence

If you feel yourself starting to get stressed out, take a deep breath and remember how much you've prepared.

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