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I’ve been driving my “new” car for almost a year now. Last November, after driving in a car with no oil for over two weeks (*I like to live my life dangerously!*), I finally caved and bought a new car. It was one of those whirlwind things where my car had been bleeding money, and I just could not possibly afford to dump another dollar into it.
To be honest, though, car shopping is an experience that has a reputation- one of slimy car salesmen that aren’t particularly helpful to small twenty-something women who don’t know much about cars. In one of those of course it happened that way sort of things, this all happened while Casey was gone. In other words, I was totally on my own.
I was lucky enough to have three things, though, that really kept me from buying a lemon. First, my brain. I’m an intelligent girl and if my gut felt like something was wrong, I wasn’t going to buy. At the end of the day, I had been driving a car with no oil for two weeks, what was another day? 🤷♀️
Second, Casey’s brother. I’m lucky that he knows what he’s talking about and is generous with his expertise. I was able to text him along the way to make sure that I was asking the right questions and the wool wasn’t being pulled over my eyes. Knowing that I had someone in my corner throughout the process definitely made me feel better.
Finally, the internet. IT IS 2017 (2016 when I bought my car) and we’re carrying small computers in our pockets all the time! Ninety percent of the time, they don’t even make it into the pockets and just hang out in our hands. By doing a little research before hand, I was armed with information and new details about what car I was looking for, what characteristics I wanted in a car, and what the fair price for that car and those characteristics were.
When it comes to the internet, it’s easy to be overwhelmed though. There are SO many resources out there trying to get your attention. That’s where Cars.com comes in! They provide extensive reviews and essential information about a wide variety of different cars. Even better, they allow you to make cross-dealership comparisons.
I think it’s pretty natural to be tempted when you walk into a dealership to walk out with a car. It takes a lot of self-control to not do that but making sure that you’re informed and that you understand the vehicle you’re getting (and the implications for your financial well-being) can make such a difference in helping you get a great deal on a phenomenal vehicle. After all, I still think of my 10-month-old car (to me, 2015 Honda Civic to everyone else) as a brand new baby.
Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.