Looking to buy your next used car but not sure where to begin? Don’t worry; you’re in the same boat of plenty of other customers. Here are some of our main steps in figuring out what car to purchase and what car is right for you.

Tip #1 – Figure Out Your Budget
How much of your monthly budget can you afford to put towards your car payment? This question is vital, and honestly, the answer will greatly narrow down your choices. As a general rule of thumb, your monthly car payment should not exceed more than 20% of your monthly budget. If your budget is tight, you may even want to decrease this amount and spend even less money per month.

A thing to remember when purchasing a new vehicle is that a car may need a little bit extra TLC. Items like new tires, brakes, an oil change, and maintenance aren’t always immediately thought about when purchasing the vehicle.

Tip #2 – Check the Vehicle’s History
Without purchasing from the previous owner of the car, it’s hard to know just exactly what that current car has been through. Even then, how can one tell how many owners a vehicle has had without looking it up? There are plenty of free ways to look up a vehicle’s history online. Better yet, the dealership might already have that information ready for you.

If doing the research and information yourself, all you need to know is the vehicle’s information and identification number.

Tip #3 – Test Drive The Car
This is one of the most vital steps of purchasing any vehicle. Make sure that you first feel comfortable behind the wheel of any car that you’re looking to buy. You definitely want to find out if the vehicle is too big or small for your needs before you take it home.

When test driving a car for the first time, try to tune out any distractions. Make sure the radio is turned off and maybe even plan out a route around the dealership before you go.

How you feel physically is also essential. Do you feel safe when you drive? Is it easy to bump your head when getting in and out of the car? Do you feel like your back is bent in half?

Evaluate all of these little questions before moving along with your purchase.