Easy Tips For Car Buying


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Car buying is never easy. No matter how many advances have been made in technology it just seems that the process of buying or leasing a car takes an inordinate amount of time. Since we Food Travelists travel quite a bit in our car, whether on road trips or just tooling around Chicago, we need to know that the car we choose is the right one for us.

We thought we would share a few tips that have worked for us.


Road Trip with Food Travelist
Road Trip with Food Travelist


Know What You Need

Make a list of exactly what you need in your vehicle. Include what you must have as well as what you would like to have. When car buying, don’t settle for something that is not going to work for you and your family in the long run. We do a lot of road trips so it was important that the seats were super comfortable and had lots of leg room for me (tall girl).

Our precious cargo.
Our precious cargo.


We don’t have kids but we have kids in our extended family. It was important to us that any car we considered could properly hold any car seats. Cars.com offers many videos and car reviews that help show which cars provide the best safety for you and your family. This was very important to us and I’m guessing it is for you too.



If you’ve ever met Diana you know that she is one of the best researchers around. When we decided to change from a sedan to a small sized SUV she went above and beyond searching every brand made, dimensions, safety ratings and more. We had to be sure that whatever car we purchased met our needs before making a final decision. One great source for research and car buying is Cars.com. It makes it easy to do your research by car models and body style.


Sue Driving


Test Drive

We tried every make and model under the sun when looking for the right car. It’s long and takes tons of time but in the end, it’s worth it. You won’t be second guessing yourself and your decision. It’s a big investment, after all. You need to be sure that the car you’re buying fits your needs.


Road Trip Food Travelist Car Buying
Road Trip Food Travelist



Figure out your budget before you even start looking at cars. Once you get into a car dealership the smell of that brand new car is awfully enticing. Typically, once dealers run your credit they will tell you that you can afford more than you really can or even want to spend. Knowing what your budget is and sticking to it is imperative. Determine whether it’s better for you to buy a new car, lease a new or pre-owned vehicle or purchase a used car.

How are you financing your car? Credit union, car loan, cash, lease? The negotiation process can sometimes be trying and long. Stick to your guns don’t go over your budget. Also be sure that you know that all those bells and whistles they want to add in later are included in your final price. Study the paperwork and don’t let them rush you once the deal is made. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re not clear what some of the small print means.

We hope that these few tips help you when choosing your next car. If you’ve got some other tips to share please leave them in the comments below. Happy driving!

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2 thoughts on “Easy Tips For Car Buying

  1. I just went through the same thing!
    I would also suggest lining up financing before you go to the dealership because they will play with the numbers if you are trading in or financing it through them. It will take it off the table as a negotiation tactic. Once you narrow down the final price you can always go back to them for any special financing they offer.
    Tell us what you got???!!

  2. I did a lot of research. My husband did even more research. Honestly, thanks to my husband, I have my car today because without him I would not have really known what I was doing and would most likely still have my other car! I am so glad I have my new car though because I ADORE it! And I am also so glad I have my husband because he knows everything about everything – haha!

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