Buying A New Car? 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

Buying A New Car

You've decided that it's time to upgrade your existing vehicle and have your heart set on a new car. Whether it's your first or tenth purchase of a brand-new car, truck, or SUV, it's important to make the right choice when making a financial investment of this size. Before heading over to the dealership, ask yourself these five questions to help find the best possible vehicle for your needs.

  • What's my five-year family plan?
    The number of people in your family plays a major role in the type of car you need. If you're thinking about a sporty coupe or a rugged Jeep, think about whether you plan to stay single in the short term or if you may want to upgrade to a vehicle that's better for a baby. If you already have one or more children, decide whether you can stick with a sedan or might need that third row before you're ready to trade in the vehicle.

  • What's my budget?
    Whether you're planning to finance your new car or you're ready to pay cash, have an upper limit in mind so you don't end up spending more than you can afford. Make sure to account for costs like insurance, taxes, fees, and interest as well as ongoing maintenance and repairs. Similarly, figure out what you want to spend each month on gas. If that number is low, you may want to shop for a hybrid or another type of car that's great on gas.

  • What type of amenities do I want?
    Most new cars are packed with technology, from infotainment systems that sync with your smartphone to innovative safety features that help the driver avoid collisions. Make a list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves so you can narrow down the list of vehicles in your desired class and price range.

  • How do I plan to use the car?
    If the vehicle will primarily be a daily commuter, you want a comfortable choice that's great for highway driving. If you want a powerful, impressive sports car, you'll need to choose something with more to offer under the hood. And if you regularly hit the trails in your vehicle or simply live in an area where inclement weather is commonly, all-wheel drive is a must.

  • Do I prioritize luxury, reliability, or utility?
    Everyone's new car needs are different. Ranking these dimensions in order of your preference can help you narrow the field or decide between two comparable vehicles.

When you're ready to shop for a new Ford, visit the friendly, knowledgeable sales staff at Gwinnett Place Lincoln. We'll be happy to help you find the best new car for your needs.