New You and a New Car: Here are Some Tips for New Car Shopping

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While you might not want to step away from a long relationship with your vehicle, there are signs that will tell you when to let go. If the cost of repair is beginning to outweigh the cost of ownership, you might want to rethink your game plan. And hey, if you worked really hard on making a lifestyle change and reworking your physique and want a new car to go along with it, go for it, tiger!  If you are ready to do some new car shopping and need some help, here are some tips to get you started. 

Rejuvenated Life and Car

For some people, resetting nearly everything in their life and starting with a fresh slate is the way to go. They could have been off on a hard and long journey with weight loss programs or they could have walked away from an addiction such as smoking and it’s time to rejuvenate their lives. One way to do so is with a new daily driver. Yes, a new car brings joy to people as well as an invigorated sense of pride with the ownership of a pretty new car. Starting over with beloved possessions isn’t that uncommon as people buy new cars, phones, televisions, and more every day. It feels nice to be able to buy something new and if it can help you feel rejuvenated in your life, so be it. 

Plans for Your Old Ride

Since you are in the market for a new car, it’s also a good idea to figure out what to do with your old one. When it’s time to move on from your old reliable that might not be so reliable anymore, deciding on what to do with your old car can be tricky. If it’s still in good shape but needs repairs you’re not willing to pay for, try selling it yourself or donating it. Someone else might be able to afford the repairs but ultimately not a new car and they will be willing to buy a used vehicle. If it’s a real junker though, it might be better to see what a dealership might be willing to give you in trade. It might not be much, but something is better than nothing and it also takes it off your hands. 

Good MPG to Help You Save

As everyone wants a snazzy new ride with all the bells and whistles, it’s also good advice to take into account your daily drive. How many miles do you put on a car daily, weekly or monthly? If your numbers are reading high, a car with good or great MPG should be on your list. And no, you don’t have to buy an electric vehicle to get some pretty nice mileage either. Traditional or non-hybrid cars are capable of getting into the low to high 30s MPG and a few of the models are stylish and packed with amenities you might be looking for. Research around and keep a list of potential contenders so you have a comparison tool. 

Moving a Family

Here’s the thing: if you have a big family, a sedan might not be in the cards. With that being said, families with three or more children will have to resort to buying a larger vehicle to accommodate the additional people. Options include minivans or an SUV like the Lincoln Aviator Black Label. If you want a vehicle that can hold up to seven people, gets decent mileage and is easy to drive, a minivan might be for you. If you don’t mind the size and are willing to compromise on good MPG for space and comfort, try an SUV on for size. As there are many options on the market regarding both stylings it’s up to you to try each one and see what best suits your needs. Don’t take this step lightly as this new vehicle will be part of your family for the foreseeable future. 

Getting a new car is exciting (and sometimes necessary). Instead of rushing the process, consider all of your options and then enjoy the hunt for your new ride!