How To Save Money Shopping For A Car

There will come a time in your life when you need to buy a car. It’s too easy to get ripped off when buying a car, so here’s some money saving advice:

Set Your Budget

You should decide how much you want to spend on a car before you start shopping. Give yourself a maximum price cap. This is the highest price you’re willing to spend on a car. If you set yourself a budget, then it’s easier to not be tempted and pay more.

Go Used

Not every car has to be brand spanking new. Buying from a used car dealership is a great way to save money. A used car isn’t any worse than a new car; it’s just had a previous owner. Most used cars are going to be in great shape anyway. Don’t be fooled into thinking that all used cars are rusty, old, heaps. A car released this year, but then sold by the owner, is still a used car. Sometimes people get into situations where they need money, so sell their car. You could snap up a deal on a fairly new car, for a cut-price!

Get The Details

Make sure you know all the car’s details. This is especially important buying a used car. You’ll want to know how many miles it’s done beforehand. The more miles a car has driven, the cheaper it should be. It means that it’s been used a lot more than a car with very few miles on the clock. You’ll also need to check for any problems and see the history of the vehicle. You don’t want to buy a car then end up spending extra fixing problems.

Know What Car You Want

You should decide what kind of car you want before you go looking. Do you want a luxury sedan? Or an SUV? By deciding on what you want, you’ll have a clear image in your head when you go to a dealer. If you turn up with no idea, they can easily convince you to get something you don’t want, that’s a little more expensive. It’s so easy for a dealer to make you think you need a top of the range sports car if you go in with no idea what you want.


You should always negotiate when buying a car. Usually, the price set is just for legal purposes. You have to advertise something with a price. But, dealers are not always bound by that price. If a car is advertised at $10000, sometimes you can get it for cheaper. Try negotiating a price, give them your lowest possible offer and see how they react. If they agree to it then happy days! But more often or not they’ll give you a counter offer. The aim is to try and haggle them to their lowest price possible. It might not always work, they may be stubborn and demand full price. However, there’s no harm in trying.

Don’t get ripped off when buying your new car. Pay attention the advice above and you could save thousands on your next car!

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.