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Finding The Right Car

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There are few things I hate shopping for more than a new(er) car.  I'd rather try on jeans and swimming suits than try out cars.  I should have a few years left with my beloved car, but I have no idea what kind of car I'll want to buy next.  Honestly, it's overwhelming for me.  I need to narrow it down, but where do I start?  Here's how I'll be finding the right car for me.

1.  What do you need?

To start narrowing down all of the possible vehicles, think about your needs. 

  • How many passengers will you have?
  • How far is your commute?
  • Do you have to factor in ice and snow?
  • Do you need to tow anything?
  • How much cargo space do you need?
  • Will you be using a car seat?
Ideally, you'll want to carry your entire family.  Do you often have people with you?  Then you may want an extra seat or two for grandparents or your kids' teammates.  

If you have a long commute, you may want a fuel efficient vehicle.

If you have kids in car seats, you'll need extra room. conducts car seat checks so you're prepared when you research your next car. 

2.  What's your budget?

Are you paying cash or financing?  How much of a payment can you afford?  Generally, your car payment should be 20 percent of your take home pay.  

3.  Research vehicles.

Now that you have it narrowed down to one or two types of vehicles and know your budget, start looking for vehicles in that price range. makes it easy to search by style and then narrow down your choices by manufacturer, price, gas mileage, and more.

4.  Test drive.

After you have it narrowed down to a few models, take them for a test drive to see how you like them.  If you have kids, install their car seats and have the kids climb into their seats to make sure there's enough room.  

Hopefully, you'll have found the perfect car for you!  

Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.