If the time is approaching where you are thinking of buying another vehicle, is it a good financial move?
Even when keeping up with your bills, taking on a car payment, higher insurance and more can be a challenge.
So, is getting a new vehicle workable for you?
Researching what You Might Buy
In your efforts to land another auto, here are things to look for in buying another vehicle:
- Researching what is out there – Given you do not buy a vehicle on a whim, be sure to research the market. Are you looking for a specific make and model? Do you have a price range that you do not want to exceed? If you have a teen driver at home, will he or she drive the vehicle at times? Last, what are the safety records of each vehicle you are considering and how important are they to you? These and other factors should all come into consideration before you sign papers. Since you will likely have your next vehicle for years, get the choice right the first time around.
- Knowing your habits – It is also important to understand what your driving habits tend to be. As an example, do you have a long commute to and from work? If so, you want a vehicle that is going to hold up for the long haul. Driving long distances on a consistent basis obviously puts a lot of mileage on a vehicle. As a result, you need something that can hold up. If you opt for buying a used car or truck with a lot of miles, will you feel confident in its ability to handle commutes? You also need to look at how you tend to drive. If you are tough on the vehicles you drive, you want something that can handle that kind of driving. Last, long commutes tend to mean higher gas bills. If you buy something that is not good on gas and have long drives, this will eat into your wallet over time.
- Your finances – Spending too much money on your next vehicle could put you in dire straits. That said you need to sit down and go over the numbers before buying a vehicle. If a monthly auto payment or other related costs are going to be a challenge, why get a vehicle now? Short of your vehicle often breaking down, there is no reason not to wait until things are better off for you.
- What will you get for your vehicle? – Last, will you be trading in your current vehicle or trying to sell on the private market? What you get for it can influence your decision on buying something now or holding off. Remember, a vehicle depreciates in value the minute it rolls off the lot or out of the showroom. As a result, you do not want to wait too long to sell yours.
If getting a new vehicle is feasible for you now, go for it.
If not, it would make more sense to continue behind the wheel of what you have now.