So You Want to Buy Your Own Car


Several life events signify that you have become an adult: graduating college, moving out of your parents’ house, and buying a car. That last one can be tricky, as up until this point in your life, it isn't likely you've made a purchase of this size. There is a lot to learn before you start this process, and the consequences of failing to prepare yourself adequately are costly. But you can learn and we can help! Let’s get started.

New or Used?

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Deciding on buying a new or used car is one of the first decisions you'll need to make in this process. Used saves you money, but new ensures better quality. Which do you want?

How to Finance a Car

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Of all the aspects of car shopping rookie shoppers need to learn, financing is arguably the most important. You don't need to learn from mistakes here, and we recommend you don't. Learn and save!

The Power of Blue Book

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The three magic words of car shopping are “suggested retail price.” Whether you use Kelly Blue Book or other services, know the price you should be paying, not what dealers tell you to pay.

DIY Car Inspections

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If you are buying a used car, you should ideally have a mechanic inspect the car to make sure it's working properly. If that isn't possible, we can teach you some DIY inspection tips!

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