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With all of the options to consider, it can be a hassle to buy a car. How do you decide what you need and then what is just extra? Apply the advice in this piece the next time you look to purchase a car.

When shopping for a car, it's important that you are aware of your needs beforehand. For example, you will need to know your budget. How much room do you need for passengers in the car? How much gas mileage should the car have? Do you want a two-door car or a four-door car? Write down all your desires and bring the list with you so you don't forget any.

Do your research online in order to find the best deals. Online searches can help you get a great price. After you identify the car you want, either visit the dealership in person or ask another dealer to get the car on your behalf. If the source isn't too far away, go get it yourself.

Don't pay the sticker price on a car. The list price is certainly not set in stone. If you are not good at negotiating bring someone with you that is. You should be sure that you know what a fair price for the vehicle is beforehand so you know what you are willing to pay.

Allocate plenty of time at whatever dealership you are visiting. It is a bad idea to be in a rush, because it might cause you to make a poor deal. Leaving a whole afternoon open is best. If you have other obligations, plan on coming back the next day.

Put the Internet to work for you. You'll find almost any and every vehicle online. Learn all you are able to about the makes and models available that you think you might like before you ever go to an actual physical car lot. It is possible to learn about each model's fuel efficiency, safety ratings, resale values and other relevant factors online.

Have a mechanic look over any used car you are considering. If the dealer vetoes this, veto them. A professional mechanic is going to be able to give you objective feedback about the state of the car, including signs of previous wrecks or exposure to flood waters.

Spend time doing your homework on used cars before you commit. The Internet is replete with useful resources about a car's value. Use NADA or Kelly Blue Book to find out what the vehicle is worth. When the dealer won't come close to those rates, leave.

Most salesmen will have monthly goals or quotas to make. Use this against them by shopping at month end. If a salesperson is behind on their monthly quota, they will be ready to lower prices to get you to buy a car. This will let you have more control over price negotiations.

You might not get the exact car you desire. Maybe you see cars with the features you enjoy, but there just aren't any cars that have exactly what you want now. Do you really need those heated seats?

Look for rebates before you go shopping. Lots of car dealerships provide a rebate on their site in order to convince you to make a fast sale. If you find a dealer that is not honest, they might not tell you about it.

When you go shopping for a new car, be careful not to lose the one you really want! These tips should have informed you of what is needed to properly shop for a vehicle. Now you just need to go down to the dealership and do it. Stop hesitating and start shopping.

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