My father taught me how to drive his pickup truck at the age of 13. It was at that time that I fell in love with driving. Listening to the sound of the engine humming was such a thrilling experience. Feeling the entire car vibrating due to its power always put a smile on my lips, too. And whenever I would pull out of the garage, I could not help but wonder when I would be able to drive beyond the farm and go on real adventures.
That time came when I finished college and got a job in the metro. Before I left, my father said that he could get me a new car, but I insisted that I would pay for it with my salary. I had no idea about the automobile prices back then; I only had this dream of buying a brand-new vehicle with my hard-earned money. So, when I went to the dealership with Dad and realized that they were more expensive than what I envisioned, I almost backed out and thought of just keeping my money.
The reason why I told you that little story is that I know that many first-time buyers of new cars can be as naïve as I had been about pricing, etc. You may think about the color or model that you want, but that may be the least of your worries when you see the dealer. That is especially true if you have only started working and, therefore, do not have a lot of savings.
My advice to you is to:
Conduct An Online Research
The first thing that you should consider doing is conducting online research about the car models that suit your budget. A lot of dealerships have websites these days, and they tend to post their price lists there. If not, you can request it.
Doing so will help you see your options at the comforts of your home. There won’t be a dealer who will keep on telling you to get this or that car. You can also see reviews about their performance.
Go To Different Dealerships
Another wise move is to visit more than one dealership once you know what you wish to buy. The reason is that the prices tend to vary for the same model depending on the location of the dealer. The difference may not amount to thousands of dollars, but saving a couple of hundreds will still be amazing.
Think If You Genuinely Need A Brand-New Car
In case you have done your rounds and still don’t think that you can afford a brand-new auto, try to figure out if it has to be brand-new. After all, there are times when people sell their barely used cars at dealerships. If you find something like that and it is within your budget, perhaps it will suffice for now. You can always sell that later to buy a new model once you have enough money anyways.
The thought of getting a brand-new car with your own money can undoubtedly boost your confidence level. You can say, “Wow, I’m genuinely an adult now! I don’t need my parents’ money to buy anything!”
While that’s amazing indeed, a part of adulting is accepting when your savings cannot cover what you want to get.
There is a perfect time for everything. If you cannot buy the auto that you are eyeing right now, then there may be a better one for you in the future. See this as a final advice from someone who has been in your shoes not too long ago.
Regardless, congratulations on getting your first car!