4. What features are important to me?
There are a million features out there you can get in your car. To make sure you’re making the most of your purchase, sit down ahead of time and write down a list of must-have features for your car. If you come across a car that doesn’t have all those must-haves, then you can cross it off your list. All those nice-to-have features that aren’t requirements can be used as a tiebreaker if you’re having trouble deciding between a handful of cars.
5. How does the car drive?
The car may check off every box on your list, but then you drove it, and something just didn’t feel right. While there is a learning curve with driving a different car, you want to make sure you feel comfortable in your new ride. Make sure you drive the car on a highway, drive in stop-and-go traffic and practice parking (regular and parallel) during your test drive.
Do your research. Don’t go into the dealership unprepared or you might come away with a purchase you’ll regret. While you may not go into the dealer knowing exactly what you want, you should have it somewhat narrowed down so you’re not looking at every car on the lot. Tools like Kelley Blue Book and Consumer Reports, among others, can give you insight into the pros and cons for different cars.