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Are you prepared to purchase a new vehicle? Are you scared to start looking? Stay calm, absorb this article, and follow the great advice to get the right car.

Pay attention to whole price of the car, not just the price you have to pay every month. Any dealer can find a way to get you the monthly price you want to pay, but you'll be paying that price for years because of tons of interest. Then your total car price will be extremely expensive. You should instead focus on negotiating the best deal on the overall price of the car and the financing you get. Then you can figure out what the monthly payment you can afford is.

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Prior to getting a used vehicle from a dealership, be sure to ask a third party mechanic to look at it. If a dealer will not let you bring your own mechanic, go somewhere else. A good, impartial mechanic can discover problems with the car such as possible water damage or previous collision damage.

Don't pay the sticker price on a car. The list price is certainly not set in stone. If you are not good at negotiating bring someone with you that is. You should be sure that you know what a fair price for the vehicle is beforehand so you know what you are willing to pay.

Ask your loved ones what they know. How satisfied are they with their vehicles? Do they regret buying the one they have? What kind of information have they heard with regard to various cars that are available? If you are considering a vehicle purchase, this can be helpful in terms of beginning your own research.

Although you may have a wish list of features, it is important to keep in mind that you might not find all of them in one car. Sometimes, the exact feature that you want is not in the car that you desire. Not having heated seats should not make much of a difference in your experience.

When you are car shopping, you need to make sure it has plenty of the most important safety features. Anti-lock braking systems are essential. Also, ensure that the vehicle has ample airbags. You're going to be spending lots of time inside this vehicle, so be sure that it is safe.

Do not give out your SS number haphazardly. Often dealers will ask for that early on and run a quick credit check. Running credit multiple times can hurt your final deal. Do not provide the dealer with your identification information until after you have agreed on terms.

Start your car shopping online. Almost any car you desire is available online. While online, learn everything about the car of your choice before visiting a dealer. Everything can be found online: MPR, size, specs, and even ratings.

You might not get the exact car you desire. Maybe you see cars with the features you enjoy, but there just aren't any cars that have exactly what you want now. Do you really need those heated seats?

Look for rebates before you go shopping. Lots of car dealerships provide a rebate on their site in order to convince you to make a fast sale. If you find a dealer that is not honest, they might not tell you about it.

Hopefully you're feeling confident about your future car purchase now. Turn that Herculean effort into nothing by implementing these tips while you go out and buy a car or truck. At the end of the day, you should feel happy with the purchase that you've made, and feel comfortable with the price that you've paid.

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