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10 Steps to Finding the Right Car for You


Finding the Right Car

1. Assess your needs — not your wants — to determine the right car for you.
2. Set your budget. You can estimate your monthly payments with the Edmunds Car Affordability Calculator.
3. Decide if you want to buy a new or used car, or lease a new car.
4. Consider all vehicles in the class of cars you're considering.
5. Consider the costs of ownership with Edmunds' True Cost to Own.
6. Search for the car on and look for Price Promise offers and TMV® to arrive at a fair price.
7. Set up a test-drive.
8. Test-drive the car as if it were yours. Try city streets, hills and highways. See if car seats fit. Check cargo space.
9. Decide on your new car. Sleep on the decision if you need to.
10. Move on to your purchase or lease with confidence.

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By bluebaker777
on 04/08/13
10:01 PM PST

i have owned 2 nissan maximas. i qwned a 2005, 2010, & a 2011. i only have 10,654 miles on it. its been garage kept. i paid $36,765.98 for thiws car. i got on line qand it told me the car on trade in is only worth $20,182. a private party its worth $21,902. and dealer retail is $23,366. i think this is bull shit. car dealers and insurance compaines are nothing but legal crooks. i have my maxima in the paper and i am asking $25,500.00. i have a brand new set of tires and wheels. my car has been garage kept. i know for a fact when i traded my 2010 maxima in for a 2011 i got ripped off. i came back to the lot a week later and they put a price tag on it, and was asking $29,999.99 for it. so my advice to anyone is to get a aprasile first. bgecaus these dealers will rip you off everytime. there is not a honest car salesman, no wheres. they have 1 thing on their mind, and that is money and screw you. so be careful when you go to buy and trade. and they will tell you the biggest lie there is.

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