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How to Save Money on New Car

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on New Car

Do your research

Finally, research the car you want. Research your dealer and their financing options. Research the loan terms. Check out the trade-in value of your current car, insurance costs and maintenance costs. If you can get a car that has low mileage on it, then that's even better because it will lower your insurance premiums and maintenance costs in the long run.

You'll also want to research how much money you can expect to make when selling the car after three years or so (this is called resale value). This helps determine how much profit there'll be if/when you sell it off at some point down the road—something all new-car owners need to keep in mind!

Build a comparison chart

The first step to finding the right car for you is to compare models and find the one that best fits your needs. You can use an online comparison chart, a spreadsheet, pen and paper, or a car comparison tool like's Car Buying Guide.

Once you've created your list of potential cars, it's time to start narrowing down the field. Take each car out for test drives and make sure that it works for you—not just in theory but also in practice! After driving several different vehicles on your list, narrow down your options by prioritizing which features are most important to you as well as if there's anything missing from each model (like cup holders).

If at this point there are still too many options left over, consider whether or not any particular dealerships have incentives or discounts available on these models so that buying from them would save money overall compared with other options available elsewhere in town (or even online).

Try to find the model you want in stock

A great way to save money on a car is by finding the model you want in stock. If you have your heart set on a specific make and model, then it's much less likely that you'll be swayed by other options as opposed to if there was some flexibility in what you could buy. This can help reduce your risk of not getting the car you want, which will save both time and money.

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Identify add-ons you don’t need

When it comes to buying a new car, there are a lot of add-ons that can boost the price tag. But before you say yes to every option, be sure to ask yourself if it will make the most difference in how you use your car.

For example, do you really need leather seats? Will they impress anyone when they see that your car has them? If not, skip them and save some money. You may also want to consider other extras like winter tires or an all-in-one music system that includes satellite radio and Bluetooth capabilities -- especially if those things matter most to you when driving around town.

Learn about the car you want before you buy it.

If you want to learn about a car before you buy it, there are several ways. You can ask the dealer about the car. You can ask friends who have bought the same car. You can ask online forums and review sites, like Consumer Reports or And don't forget your mechanic or family members who may have experience with that type of vehicle!

It's important to do your research on every aspect of your purchase—from price to reliability to fuel economy—so that you're making an informed decision and getting the best deal possible on a new vehicle for your family.


While buying a new car doesn’t have to be expensive, it can be if you don't do your research. The best way to save money on a new car is to know the models you want in advance and compare prices before going shopping. You should also try to find the model you want in stock or at least have an idea of what options are available on each trim level so that when negotiating time comes around at the dealership there won't be any surprises or misunderstandings about what's included/excluded from each price point!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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