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Top Tips Before You Buy Your Next Vehicle

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This is an excerpt from our eBook, Car Buying Basics. Click here to download the full version.

These days, buying a car involves more than just stepping onto a car lot and accepting the salesperson’s recommendations. To get the best deal, you’ve got to do some homework.


Mountain America Credit Union understands—check out our informative eBook to help you prepare for your new wheels!


The first step is to find out which car you want—or at least narrow it down to a top few. These vehicles should meet your basic needs for safety, affordability and lifestyle. Once these basics have been addressed, begin to think about the other features you want.


In addition to price, consider seating capacity, transmission, fuel economy and connectivity. Don’t forget to figure in the cost of regular maintenance and registration fees. Determining how much car you can afford can be tricky. Use an online calculator like this one to help!


Another consideration to get the best deal is timing. Buying at the wrong time may mean missing out on several thousand dollars of savings. As a general rule, shopping at the end of the day, week, month, quarter or year will give you the best pricing. Try for a combination to really get your money’s worth!



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